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Corbett says gas drilling - on campus - could save colleges

Gov. Corbett has proposed a novel solution to the higher education funding crisis: drilling for dollars.

Corbett says gas drilling - on campus - could save colleges

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One week after a blowout at a shale fracking operation caused a major environmental mess in Bradford County, Gov. Tom Corbett advised state college presidents Thursday to drill for gas on their campuses. (AP Photos)
One week after a blowout at a shale fracking operation caused a major environmental mess in Bradford County, Gov. Tom Corbett advised state college presidents Thursday to drill for gas on their campuses. (AP Photos)

Gov. Corbett has proposed a novel solution to the higher education funding crisis: drilling for dollars.

Not a gas tax, mind you but gas rigs, right on campus.

Corbett told the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees today that schools could address revenue shortfalls by tapping into the riches of the Marcellus Shale beneath their campuses.

Corbett said six campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education sit on the lucrative Marcellus shale natural gas formation, The Erie Times reported.

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Corbett has proposed slicing some $550 million or fifty percent of state funding for colleges and universities in his 2011-2012 spending plan.

The governor was speaking at Edinboro University as part of a tour of the northwest to promote his budget proposal.

 

 

 

 

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