- Tom WolfGovernor of Pennsylvania
Protect the Clarence Moore Lands from Drilling!
The Clarence Moore Lands remain unprotected!
The Clarence Moore lands, 25,000 acres of exquisite natural beauty within the Loyalsock State Forest, offer recreation and respite to those who visit. Here one can hike through tranquil forests on the Old Loggers Path and cool off aside the crystalline waters of Rock Run. Like many of Pennsylvania’s public lands, this area is treasured by those who visit its streams and forests. But unlike the state parks and forests thankfully protected from natural gas development by Governor Wolf’s Executive Order 2015-03, the Clarence Moore lands remain at risk.
As natural gas development sweeps across Pennsylvania, this area of the Loyalsock State Forest represents the last unfragmented forest in Lycoming County. Here forests, bogs and wetlands provide vital habitat to sensitive plant and animal species at risk. Here the National Audubon Society has designated an Important Bird Area. Here gather the headwaters of the Exceptional Value watersheds of Pleasant Stream and Rock Run. There is no room for drilling here in the Clarence Moore lands.
Since 2012 the Save the Loyalsock Coalition, an organization of conservation and outdoor enthusiasts representing over 100,000 citizens, has labored to prevent natural gas development in this forest. On July 14, 2015, the Coalition sent a letter to Governor Wolf reminding him of the keen public interest in the Clarence Moore lands and of the state’s ability to protect this vulnerable area.
Governor Wolf previously indicated his willingness to explore legal options available to prevent drilling in this pristine forest. Now you can help protect this Pennsylvania treasure by signing this petition to Governor Wolf. We will deliver your signature along with the many other thousands who say, “No drilling in the Clarence Moore lands!”
- Governor of Pennsylvania
This past Memorial Day weekend we were reminded that at that time last year, then Governor Tom Corbett announced the signing of Executive Order 2014-03, which exposed State Parks and Forests to the threat of additional leases for natural gas development. We, the undersigned individuals, would like to reiterate our gratitude for your signing of Executive Order 2015-03 to address that threat to our shared public lands and once again prohibit new leases for oil and gas development in our State Parks and Forests. Families across Pennsylvania treasure spending their weekends and vacations in the state’s many beloved parks and forests; this year, thanks to your action so soon after taking office, they can do so knowing that no more of these lands will be sacrificed for oil and gas leases.
In addition to your commitment to reinstate this moratorium on leasing of state park and forest land, we would also like to thank you for the statements you made, both during your candidacy and earlier this year, indicating that you are open to exploring the legal options available to you and the Commonwealth to prevent drilling on the Clarence Moore Lands in the Loyalsock State Forest, which is not protected by the moratorium. This area is the last unfragmented forest in Lycoming County and deserves the strongest protections to ensure that the young people of today, and generations to come, can experience the awe of visiting an intact forest; any damages to this area will forever alter the character of this land.
Decisions by both Commonwealth Court and the Board of Claims give the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources unusually strong ability to protect the surface in these lands, and we look forward to your administration doing everything in its power to utilize the authority you are granted.
We know that you share with us an appreciation that the Loyalsock State Forest is one of the most beloved parts of Pennsylvania’s great natural heritage. The Save the Loyalsock Coalition was organized in 2012 to address this issue and has represented more than 100,000 citizens since that time. This forest, a gem of the Pennsylvania Wilds, is enjoyed annually by thousands of visitors and is home to irreplaceable natural and recreational resources, including the Exceptional Value watersheds of Rock Run and Pleasant Stream, the Old Loggers Path, and a National Audubon Society-designated Important Bird Area.
The Loyalsock State Forest is a natural treasure that belongs to the people of Pennsylvania, and as the steward of this magnificent resource for the people, the DCNR has a legal duty to protect, conserve and enhance the Clarence Moore lands in the public interest. It is critical that information about drilling activity related to these lands be made accessible to the public: having the facts and the “right to know” are cornerstones of our democracy.
I urge you to exercise your full legal authority to protect and conserve this area for public enjoyment now and for our future generations.
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