Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale is one of the hottest plays in natural gas exploration. Companies are drilling and oilfield workers from the traditional oil and gas states like Oklahoma and Texas are relocating to the Keystone state in droves. Nothing is out of bounds, not even, apparently, Pennsylvania’s state parks…

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Conservationists in Pennsylvania worry gas companies will try to drill in state parks. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says Pennsylvania doesn’t own the mineral rights to nearly 80% of its state parks. Pennsylvania has 117 state parks, about half of which are over the Marcellus Shale. If the owner of the mineral rights below those parks agrees to drilling, the state has no say in it. The Department of Conservation says so far, companies have only shown interest in about a dozen parks, but that number is expected to grow.

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