Tom’s Top Twelve Tall Tales: Tale #2

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Governor Tom tells tall tales. Here is Tom’s Top Twelve Tall Tale Number Two – Pay no attention to the $1,000,000+  the gas, oil, and coal companies gave to me.

Candidate Corbett’s campaign team was packed with corporate contributors.

Gov.-elect Corbett’s transition team was stacked with corporate contributors.

Gov. Corbett’s governing team is fracked with corporate contributors.

Here are a few of  Governor Corbett’s corporate contributors.

$306,500 from the father and wife of Mike Krancer, now Secretary of DEP.

$180,000 from Mrs. Terry Peruga from Florida. Of course, it’s just coincidence that her husband is the CEO of a Marcellus Shale drilling company.

$411,00 East Resources, a gas company recently acquired by Shell oil.

$1,000 from the dead guy, Constantine N. Papdakis, who donated $1,000 on February 29, 2010, but died on April 5, 2009.

$50,000 from the Red Apple group of New York, affiliated with United Refining, through John Catsimatidis.

$80,000 from C. Alan Walker CEO of Bradford Energy, a company with a history of environmental violations. More on C. Alan Walker a bit later.

$55,000 from James Clifford Forrest III of Rosebud Mining.

$25,000  Blaschak Coal.

$25,000 Vineyard Oil & Gas.

$25,000 S W Jack Drilling.

$25,000 Gilberton Coal.

$20,000 First Energy PAC.

$18,600 Independent Oil & Gas Association PAC.

$1,900,000 from the governor-elect’s transition team.

$2,700,000 employers, political committees controlled by those employers, and fellow employees of the governor-elect’s transition team.

All of the above campaign contributors have financial interests in the Commonwealth.

67% of the transition team had a financial connection to the campaign.

The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission was loaded with corporate contributors doing business in the state.  The top five contributors are Tony Peruga, Mike Krancer through his father and wife, C. Alan Walker, Terry Bossert, and Barry Schoch.

Like all of Gov. Corbett’s campaign contributors, these people were handsomely rewarded.

Tony Peruga, mentioned in Tom’s Twelve Tall Tales numbers 11 and 12, is the CEO of a gas drilling company in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the only major gas producing state without a well head tax. Just a coincidence, I guess.

C. Alan Walker was Gov. Corbett’s first cabinet appointment as Secretary of Community and Economic Development. Gov. Corbett proposed that Secretary Walker have the authority to “expedite any permit or action pending in any agency,” including the Department of Environmental Protection – if he determines the creation of jobs might be affected.”

Mike Krancer, another early appointment, became Secretary of the Pennsylvania DEP. Before the appointment, one of Krancer’s jobs was that of judge on the state’s Environmental Hearing Board, which considers appeals on certain DEP decisions. Krancer was on the board for two years before he ever walked into a coal mine. During his confirmation hearings Krancer told the state senators, “Responsible, strong, vibrant and growing business is necessary as an engine for the protection of the environment.” If anyone had doubts about that, “One only need look to the former Iron Curtain experience and the pollution that is there to prove that a moribund economy is the enemy of environmental protection.”  To my knowledge, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has never been an Iron Curtain country. Nevertheless, our history of responsible environmental regulation has not been stellar. One has only to take a short drive to my home county of Schuylkill to view the  social costs of private enterprise – culm banks, acid mine water, the desilting dams along the Schuylkill, mine fires, sinking landscapes, polluted streams and air. Even worse, is the way mining interests have exploited people and peoples of coal regions. The Senate approved Krancer’s appointment unanimously.

Terry Bossert, former chief counsel for DEP now working for Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry. The revolving door goes the other way for Barry Schoch, former president of Pennsylvania Highway Information Association and now, PennDOT secretary.

If you want to know more about Marcellus Shale Advisory Commissioners selected by Gov. Corbett, check out this Pittsburgh Post Gazette link http://shale.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/interactives/governors-shale-advisers

Sadly, in just two years, we have changed from a Commonwealth to a corporate wealth.

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The Rev. Timothy Dewald was Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Lebanon Valley College joining the faculty in 1989. He retired in May 2010. In 1993 he won the College's Evelyn J. Knisley award for Inspirational Teaching. In addition to teaching mathematics, Rev. Dewald served the College in 1992 as acting chaplain, taught courses in East Asian religions, a First-Year Seminar on Darwin and evolution, Einstein’s general relativity, and the New Testament, as well as a mathematics and statistics courses. He also served as a parish minister for 23 years. Rev. Dewald graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in political science and religion. He earned a master of divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1987, he received certification in mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University. - Email Timothy Dewald

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