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Ed Rendell to Keystone State: Frack, Baby, Frack!



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Via the Patriot-News:

The Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee’s call for a moratorium on fracking has drawn condemnation from it’s most famous progeny – former Gov. Ed Rendell.

Party officials voted last weekend 115-81 in favor of the resolution asking for the open-ended ban. Proponents argued that fracking was savaging the environment by polluting the state’s water supply.

But Rendell, who noted that he oversaw the state’s largest expansion of fracking in his final year as governor, said the resolution has put the party at odds with the commonwealth’s two most preeminent environmentalists – his former Department of Environmental Protection secretaries John Hanger and Kathleen McGinty.

“It’s very ill-advised,” he told The Patriot-News by telephone Friday. “The two biggest environmentalists in the state, who are both running for governor, both approved of fracking, permitted it and moved to put in place changes that have dramatically reformed the fracking process.”

Rendell also warned that the vote didn’t appear to take into consideration the economic boom that fracking has had for some of the commonwealth’s most impoverished residents.

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