Report: Corbett clamps down on natural-gas regulators


In case you needed any more proof that Gov. Tom Corbett came to Harrisburg with a mission -- to do anything and everything to help his billionaire friends in the natural gas biz -- and that all that other running-the-state stuff comes second, check out this stunning report tonight from the Pulitizer Prize-winning investigative squad at ProPublica:

Oil and gas inspectors policing Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania will no longer be able to issue violations to the drilling companies they regulate without first getting the approval of top officials.

That’s according to a directive laid out in a series of emails received by the Department of Environmental Protection staff last week and leaked to ProPublica. The emails  say the new edict applies only to enforcement actions related to Marcellus Shale drilling and that failure to seek prior approval “will not be acceptable.”