The essential question that I asked the committee is this: what will Pennsylvania have to show when the shale gas era ends? A repeat of it's sorry history of energy extraction and environmental and economic degradation? Or conserved, improved and endowed public lands and - perhaps - endowed statewide recreation and conservation?
As I told the Committee,
How Pennsylvania uses the windfall from existing shale gas development on the people’s land will define our state for generations. Will our actions as trustees be viewed by future generations of Pennsylvanians as a time of tremendous vision - or of tremendous opportunity lost?