Wagner (Basically) Fine with Fracking

  • Jack Wagner is running in the Democratic primary for Governor. Photo: Heather McClain / 90.5 WESA

March 5, 2014

Jack Wagner is the 7th Candidate in the  PA Democratic Primary

The newest entrant into the crowded race for PA Governor, said he's in favor of fracking but wants to see it done safely. 

"The top priority of the Commonwealth has to be to protect our environment, our land, our waterways. The big issue related to fracking is precisely that. It's protecting our waterways. We have 80,000 miles of rivers and streams in Pennsylvania. 5,000 of those 80,000 miles are polluted." 

Wagner stopped short of saying he'd support a moratorium on new natural-gas drilling permits—a proposal supported by a Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz at a candidates' forum last month. 

Wagner is the former Pennsylvania State Auditor and the seventh democrat to throw his hat into the ring to replace Gov. Tom Corbett. He is the only candidate from Western Pennsylvania in the primary. 

The primary is May 20, 2014.

Fracking has been a hot-button issue for the candidates. State Treasurer Rob McCord, former DEP secretaries John Hanger and Katie McGinty, and York County businessman Tom Wolf say they'd back an extension of the current moratorium on drilling in public lands.

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz says she would also support an expansion of the ban to cover the Delaware River basin.