FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Don't sacrifice conservation to balance the budget
HARRISBURG, Jan. 24 – Less than a week before Gov. Tom Corbett will give his annual budget address, state Rep. Greg Vitali and environmentalists will urge him not to tap a fund intended for conservation to balance the budget.
Vitali, the Democratic chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, will host a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Capitol Media Center. Vitali will discuss legislation he is introducing (H.B. 1500), that would limit the use of Oil and Gas Lease Fund revenue to conservation, recreation, dam and flood control projects.
Vital will be joined by supporters of the legislation, including other state representatives and officials with PennFuture, PennEnvironment, the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, the Pennsylvania Audubon Society and other environmental groups.
The Oil and Gas Lease Fund Act of 1955 was created to fund conservation, recreation, dam, and flood control projects, but money has been diverted in recent years for other purposes, leaving a $1 billion backlog of infrastructure projects in state parks and forests.
Media coverage is invited.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Live audio access to the news conference is available by calling one of the following numbers five minutes before the start of the event: 717-787-9903, 9904, 9905, 9906, 9907, 9908, 9909 or 9910.
CONTACT: Bob Laylo
Phone: 717-787-7895 Fax: 717-783-6839