Moratorium discussions at DCNR raise questions

In February, Governor Tom Corbett announced his intention to balance the state budget, in part, using millions of dollars in projected revenues from new oil-and-gas drilling leases in state parks and forests. It was the first public acknowledgment of Corbett's plans to lift a 2010 moratorium on leasing.

DCNR ex-chief’s calendar shows gaps

As part of an investigation, The Allegheny Front and WESA in Pittsburgh obtained and examined more than 600 pages of appointment calendar records for former Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan.

The calendars offer a snapshot of day-to-day business inside the agency tasked with oversight of Pennsylvania's 2.5-million acres of state park and forest lands. They cover a pivotal time in the shaping of Republican Governor Tom Corbett's energy policy.