The Department of Environmental Protection published notice in the February 19 PA Bulletin it is rescinding the policy issued by Gov. Rendell just days before the November election to require further evaluation of the impacts of oil and gas permit applications on State Parks and State Forest land.
DEP said in its notice the policy was being rescinded because it was not subject to any public review prior to being issued and that the agency already implements sufficient controls under Section 205(c) of the Oil and Gas Act in permit reviews.
Gov. Rendell leased over 137,000 acres of State Forest Land for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling during his tenure.