PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker is calling on the governor to punish a state official over comments he made equating a film against Marcellus Shale drilling to “Nazi propaganda.”
The documentary “Gasland” — filmed, in part, in the Commonwealth, says fracking is harmful to human health and to the environment.
When asked about that last week at a public forum in Lancaster County, Ted Borawski, the chief oil and gas geologist for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said “Joseph Goebbels would have been proud. He would have given him [the filmmaker] the Nazi award.”
Democrat Josh Shapiro is a State Representative from Montgomery County.
“There’s no reason in our political discourse to ever use a Nazi reference to make a point — unless you’re talking about the mass slaughter, the mass execution of millions of people — to use it to somehow discredit people who have differing opinions than you on an issue as important as drilling in Marcellus Shale and keeping Pennsylvanians safe is just truly something that is stunningly, stunningly ignorant.”
Shapiro wants Governor Tom Corbett to condemn the comments and sanction Borawski. There’s been no comment from the governor. He opposes taxing natural gas extraction.
Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio 1060