Corbett Administration: Listen to the People's Voice - No Drilling in the Clarence Moore tracts
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Corbett Administration: Listen to the People's Voice - No Drilling in the Clarence Moore tracts

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      Save the Loyalsock

What is the issue? Anadarko Petroleum Corporation wants permission from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to drill for Marcellus Shale gas in an extraordinary part of the Loyalsock State Forest known as the Clarence Moore lands. The Commonwealth owns the surface of these lands, and under its deed has the power to deny Anadarko surface access to at least 75% of the area. The issue is whether the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will use this power to protect this gem of the Pennsylvania Wilds.


What are the Clarence Moore lands?  The 25,621-acre Clarence Moore lands are one of only a few large public land areas in north-central PA that has not yet been opened to shale gas development. Located in the heart of the Loyalsock State Forest, the area includes valuable features such as the Old Logger’s Path, a renowned 27-mile hiking trail that opens onto stunning vistas, and most of the watershed of Rock Run, an Exceptional Value stream widely hailed as the most beautiful in Pennsylvania. The area also contains a National Audubon Society-designated Important Bird Area, and provides habitat for rare, endangered, or threatened species such as the timber rattlesnake, northern water shrew, creeping snowberry, northern bulrush, northern goshawk, and yellow-bellied flycatcher. The oil and gas under the Clarence Moore lands are owned by Anadarko and other private parties – but a provision in the Commonwealth’s deed gives the DCNR the power to keep Anadarko off of most, if not all, of the surface.


What impacts would drilling have on the Clarence Moore lands? Any gas development in these lands will require clearing and fragmenting large areas of the forest for wellpads, compressor stations, water impoundments, and miles of new pipelines and roads. The drilling and fracking of wells (and  the years of production afterward) would bring truck traffic, chemicals, wastewater, air emissions, light, noise and a host of other industrial activity to one of the largest and most ecologically sensitive islands of quiet, scenic, and relatively undisturbed sections of Pennsylvania’s State Forest land. If drilling proceeds, the wild and scenic character of the Forest would be permanently altered, and its precious natural resources threatened. 


What are we asking for? The Loyalsock State Forest is public land. Therefore, the public has a right to input on how it is managed and protected. So far, though, the public has been shut out of the decision-making process for the Clarence Moore lands – just as it was shut out of the DCNR’s decision-making process for leasing State Forest lands a few years ago. The DCNR has not shared Anadarko’s development plans, and held only one, poorly managed public meeting – in Williamsport, on a weekday afternoon. Despite the inconvenient timing, some 500 people turned out at this meeting, all speaking in opposition to Anadarko’s plans. We are asking Pennsylvania Governor Corbett to share Anadarko’s development plan with the public, accept public comments, and hold six public hearings across the state. The public must have a say in the DCNR’s decisions about these public lands.


How can you help? Signing this petition will send a message directly to Governor Corbett, asking him to tell the DCNR to stop meeting behind closed-doors and let the people have their say on the fate of these valuable public lands.


Tell the governor why this is important to you and why you don't want shale gas drilling industrializing the Clarence Moore lands of the Loyalsock State Forest, then copy your message and send it to the DCNR at and your state legislators    ( - addressas your public comment on the Anadarko/DCNR negotiations.


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    Reasons for signing

      • 4 months ago

      Beautiful and unpolluted nature is human treasure that is getting less and less. It is so easy to destroy it for the profit of a company but it will take hundreds of years to be restored. There are so many cases like this. Please don't drill there. We need to pass this to generations.

    • Linda Tucker LAKE ARIEL, PA
      • 5 months ago

      As an outdoor enthusiast and some who is academically pursuing ecology, I have a great love and understanding of Pennsylvania's natural resources. Fragmenting and disturbing our last great forests by building infrastructure for natural gas drilling will undoubtedly degrade the forest and its ecological community, as well as degrade its recreational value. As citizens of Pennsylvania, we have a right to our natural resources and our public forests should be protected from the destruction that goes hand in hand with extraction.

    • Arne Refvik BANGOR, PA
      • 6 months ago

      I enjoy the outdoors and treasure the places we have left that allow you to feel like you are really in the wild . I want to preserve these places for my kids and grand kids to enjoy , once it is disturbed it can never fully be brought back!!!!!!

    • John Hudock DOUGLASSVILLE, PA
      • 6 months ago

      I have camped, hiked, and backpacked there for 15 years. Believe me when i tell you it is one of the most scenic areas in the entire state of PA

    • dan ferrell NEW CASTLE, PA
      • 7 months ago

      PA is too nice to ruin for a couple short term bucks, and, making a few texans richer is not a good reason to make our state poorer.


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