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Heated Debate In Harrisburg Over Natural Gas Drilling

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) - Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett’s newly-formed advisory commission on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling got a tongue-lashing as the panel held its second meeting on Wednesday from dozens of residents concerned about safety and environmental issues.

Remarks by York County resident Deana Weaver were typical of the angry comments directed at members of the governor’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission.

“This state and this new governor has benefitted greatly from this industry, both in his campaign and whatever else may be coming to him,” Weaver said. “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each one of you…”

Lt. Governor Jim Cawley interrupted, “Ma’am, I’m sorry, I have to, at this point, jump in…”

Weaver snapped back, “No, I didn’t interrupt you!”

Cawley allowed Weaver to finish before commenting.

“I don’t think it does anybody well in suggesting that anyone, let alone the governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is deriving any inappropriate gain,” Cawley said.

He vows there will be an open and transparent process.

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Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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