Sen. McIhnnerey proudly noted the last-minute legislation "makes good on my promise that Act 13 was not intended to apply to Bucks County."
By his own words, it is time for the Republican majority, so willing to expose rural Pennsylvania to the effects of fracking, to now honestly answer two significant questions.
The first question to the Republicans is, "Why do you support a state law that discriminates against the rural counties, while you support a special exemption that protects the health and welfare of the urban and suburban counties that have many of the state's most powerful and wealthiest constituents, including the head of the Department of Environmental Protection and the lieutenant governor?"
The second question is, simply, "How much more money will it take to continue to buy your loyalty to corporations, the powerful, and the affluent?"
[Walter Brasch, recipient of the Pennsylvania Press Club's lifetime achievement award, is a syndicated columnist, author of 17 books, former newspaper and magazine reporter and editor, and professor emeritus of mass communications. His current book is the critically-acclaimed novel Before the First Snow, which discusses health and welfare issues in energy exploration. His next book is about health, environment, and political corruption associated with the natural gas industry.]