On Oct 5, Governor Tom Corbett’s appointed PaDEP Secretary Michael Krancer said: “It is shameful that this out-of-touch, extreme organization would for no reason jeopardize the livelihoods and way of life of so many people and also jeopardize America’s ability to refine oil on our own shores.” Krancer was referring to The Clean Air Council’s Sept 24, 2012 suit to stop DEP from aggregating two oil refineries as one, to get “credit” for the one which was closed. This unique arrangement allows a Carlyle Group-Sunoco joint venture in Philly to proceed. (1, 2)
This is the same Sec Krancer who, on June 6, 2012, referred to the public call for listing The Susquehanna River as ‘impaired’ as follows: “to list a river as impaired by fiat as, basically, a publicity stunt.” This public call was made by many citizens with at least as much technical knowledge on the issue as Krancer. (3)
But the unique Carlyle-Sunoco method of aggregating emissions uses completely opposite logic as DEP’s Oct. 6, 2012 ‘Guidance for Performing Single Stationary Source Determinations for the Oil and Gas Industry.’ THIS calculation method, prescribing “case by case analyses”, allows significant benefit to the Oil & Gas industry as well. (4)
The Oil and Gas lobby has famously given Corbett $1,813,305.59 to date – along with millions more to judicial and statewide candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties – according to a project of Common Cause PA and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania. (5) Several of these recipients are currently in jail or awaiting trial for numerous ethical violations.
In 2009, I served as a citizen advisor to the Transportation and Land Use subcommittee of The Clean Air Council. Under previous PaDEP Secretaries Katie McGinty and John Hanger, The Clean Air Council held meetings and statewide teleconferences DEP headquarters, with DEP employees directly involved, to write what became The CAC Strategic Plan of 2010. The purpose of this document is to (ironically) set a course to improved air quality. (6)
I pointed out concerns with then-candidate Corbett’s environmental stances, prior to the last gubernatorial elections. (7) We PA voters then made our choice. Elections have consequences, folks. I hope PA doesn’t choke on ours.