On October 26, 2011, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed SB 367, by a vote of 47-2, which will allow the State System of Higher Education to lease the mineral rights of campus land for shale gas drilling. PA State Senators Jim Ferlo [D-38th District] and Mike Folmer [R-18th District] cast the dissenting votes. [Source: PASenate.com] State universities located above the Marcellus Shale are Bloomsburg, CALU, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana, Lock Haven, Mansfield and Slippery Rock.
No matter how cash-strapped a school might be, it seems like an uneducated decision to expose college-aged students to toxic air pollution and potential carcinogenic water contamination, the kind which doggedly trails this highly controversial industry wherever it goes. According to a Pennsylvania Land Trust Association report, Marcellus Shale Drillers Amass 1,614 Violations Since 2008, a considerable 1,056 of the violations were deemed “most likely to endanger the environment and/or the safety of communities.” The report also includes a more sobering, lesser known stat: “During a 3-day enforcement blitz in June 2010, 699 traffic citations and 818 written warnings were issued to trucks hauling Marcellus Drilling wastewater.” Yikes!