Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett Suggests Covering Education Budget Cuts by Drilling for Natural Gas on Campuses
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Gov. Tom Corbett
To help cover the deep budget cuts in education funding, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has proposed that some universities open their campuses to natural gas drilling.
Corbett pointed out that six universities sit atop the Marcellus shale formation, putting them in perfect location for drilling.
“We need to think different. We need to act differently,” Corbett said in explaining his idea.
The Republican governor has cut $2 billion in education funding from his budget plan for 2011-2012, and proposed a 50% reduction in support to colleges and universities.
Democratic state party Chairman Jim Burn called Corbett’s proposal “ridiculous,” adding “that no matter what the issue, the profits and best interests of his largest benefactors (gas drillers) are never far from Tom Corbett's mind.”
Corbett: Colleges Could Ease Financial Woes with Marcellus Drilling (by Sean McCracken, Erie Times-News)
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