Public Input Wanted on Fracking Loyalsock State Forest

  • View from Loyalsock State Forest's Old Loggers Path, a section of the wilderness where gas wells are proposed. Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli

May 30, 2013

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a public meeting in Williamsport, PA on June 3 to discuss the possible plan to allow drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest, on or near the Old Loggers Path. The meeting will be held in Wendle Hall, Academic Center, off of Mulberry Street at Lycoming College

The meeting comes after a closed-door stakeholders' meeting was held in early April, and a webinar was held later that month. (The webinar can be viewed by going to the website: extension.psu.edu/naturalgas and choosing “Recorded Webinars” under “Quick Links," or by clicking here.)

The state and Anadarko Petroleum have been negotiating for use of the forest since at least 2012. Anadarko owns part of the mineral rights under the forest. Those rights extend to a portion of the forest where environmental groups say the state has extraordinary rights to control whether drilling happens there, even though the state does not own the mineral rights. 

The company offered the state $15 million to drill in 2012, though in an August 2012 letter the state claimed that number represented "a substantial discount" to the $22 million DCNR would typically get.

Those unable to attend the meeting can submit comments by email to loyalsock@pa.gov.

FracTracker mapped the proposed well pads and other infrastructure in Loyalsock State Forest: