Breaking: Corbett Cans DCNR Secretary Allan
Marie Cusick of StateImpact PA reports:
Governor Tom Corbett today asked for and received the resignation of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan.
Allan, 59, of Cumberland County, has served as a member of the cabinet since March 2011.
Ellen Ferretti, Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry, will serve as Acting Secretary effective immediately.
The Post-Gazette reported on the forced resignation two hours ago. The Patriot News reported it 4 minutes ago. Corbett forced the director of public parks in PA to resign last October.
It is far too early to know exactly what happened behind the scenes, of course. But based on Corbett’s history, actions, industry funding sources and general behavior — and based on the timing just one week after the big battleground hearing about the Loyalsock State Forest, which citizens fought for for a year (just to get DCNR to hold the hearing, that is) and packed 500-strong, here’s my gut response:
Corbett fires DCNR Secretary! Wow! First Department of Health Secretary Avila was canned, as soon as he made the barest mention of tracking gas drilling health impacts for Department of Health. Then Secretary Krancer of DEP resigns. Now, the very week after a huge hearing with 500 citizens packed into a steamy room to fight like hell for the Loyalsock State Forest, the DCNR Secretary is sent packing. What, because he was nice enough to sit in a hot room and listen to us for 3 hours???
Stay tuned. Please comment. They don’t call Governor Corbett “The Gas King” for nothing. To keep learning about the Loyalsock State Forest struggle see our previous post, “Hundreds Pack Hearing to Save Rock Run and Loyalsock State Forest from Fracking” — which also links to RDA’s “Keep it Wild” campaign, and visit the ShaleJustice website for details, photos and commentary.