Rendell criticizes Dems over anti-fracking stance

    Former Gov. Ed Rendell is criticizing Pennsylvania Democrats over their call for a moratorium on fracking.

    The Democratic State Committee voted last weekend in favor of an open-ended moratorium on fracking. That’s the technique drilling companies use to extract natural gas from the Marcellus Shale. Opponents contend fracking is an environmental menace, but drilling companies and many regulators say the technique is safe.

    Rendell, who has indirect ties to the gas industry, says in an interview with The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that the party’s call to put the brakes on fracking is “ill-advised,” noting it has created jobs and wealth.

    His former environmental secretary, John Hanger, says he’s in favor of the existing moratorium in state forests, and strict regulation on private property. Hanger, also a Democrat, is running for governor.

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