Blank Rome attorneys and executives contributed nearly $35,000 to Gov. Corbett’s 2010gubernatorial campaign committee.
Blank Rome also donated between $15,000 and $25,000 tothe governor’s 2011 Inaugural Ball, which gave the firm “Platinum Sponsor” status.
After Gov. Corbett took office, he appointed a former Blank Rome partner, Michael Krancer,then chair of the state’s Environmental Hearing Board, to head the Department of EnvironmentalProtection (DEP).
Environmentalists criticized Mr. Krancer for what they saw as pro-industrystances, and federal environmental regulators said the state needed to do a better job of monitoring and regulating the impact of drilling wastewater discharge near public water sources.
Mr. Krancer stepped down in April 2013 and returned to Blank Rome as head of thefirm’s energy, petrochemical, and natural resources practice.
John Moran, Jr.
Gov. Corbett and his wife accepted a free trip from John Moran, Jr., a warehousing and transportation company executive, while Mr. Moran’s company was attempting to secure anexemption to Pennsylvania permitting rules to operate a fracking waste site without waiting for required environmental permits. Mr. Moran and Gov. Corbett have described themselves as personal friends.
Mr. Moran and his wife, Ann, contributed more than $93,700 to Gov.Corbett’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
Mr. Moran has also contributed $20,000 to Gov.Corbett’s 2014 campaign.
In 2010, Jeffrey Stroehmann, vice president of Moran Industries, wrote to Pennsylvania’soutgoing Department of Environmental Protection commissioner, John Hanger, asserting that thewaste from natural gas fracking was becoming a problem.
Because of that, Mr. Stroehmannwanted a Moran-owned industrial site in Sunbury, Penn., to be permitted to operate without astate permit.
Moran thought that would be possible because the company had a contract withan interstate railroad that opened the door to an exemption from Pennsylvania permitting laws.
Mr. Stroehmann said the company could not wait the six to nine months it would likely take toreceive a permit through the normal process.
Mr. Hanger, part of the outgoing administration
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; Mark Shade, DEP Secretary Krancer Hit on Marcellus Shale, Smallmouth Bass,
February22, 2013; Don Hopey, Pennsylvania Environmental Secretary to Step Down; Krancer Praised, Criticized for Actions,
, March 23, 2013.
Marie Cusick, Controversial Head of DEP Leaving Agency to Work on Behalf of Energy Industry,
, March 22, 2013; Susan Phillips, Revolving Door Keeps Spinning for Former DEP Chief MichaelKrancer,
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Will Bunch, Money, Politics and Pollution in Fracking Country,
, January 16, 2013.
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