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The Benefits of Fracking (Guest: Elizabeth Stelle)

July 14, 2021

Fracking brought Pennsylvania low energy prices and a bolstered economy. Gov. Wolf, beholden to special interests, is doing everything he can to end oil and gas production in the state.

Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of the fracking revolution over the past decade and a half, producing energy that has benefitted the state, the region, and the nation. Despite the fact that fracking has proven safe, PA Gov. Tom Wolf has banned new drilling on state lands, supported decisions to ban production in the Delaware River Basin, and is attempting, through executive action, to force Pennsylvania into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). RGGI has resulted in higher energy prices and lost jobs in every state that joins it. Republicans and the Commonwealth Foundation are fighting Wolf's efforts, defending property rights and economic progress in the process.

Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org
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Elizabeth Stelle is the Director of Policy Analysis for the Commonwealth Foundation and a Policy Advisor to The Heartland Institute.
ebs@commonwealthfoundation.org @elizabethbryan