Governor Corbett's Marcellus Shale Commission meets friday July 15th to vote on reportedly as many as 90 policy proposals and intends to hold secret votes on each proposal. According to published reports, spokesman Chad Saylor states the Commission will vote in public but will not reveal the content of the policy proposals upon which votes are being cast. Saylor further stated that proposals that do not receive a majority will not ever be disclosed to the public.
This secret process designed to keep the public in the dark about content of proposals and whom voted for what will be an absolute disaster for public confidence and credibility.
Already a spokesman for the leadership of the Republican Senate majority has declared the work of the Commission to be "irrelevant." Sticking to a secretive-in-public process will isolate more the Commission and expose it and its work to ridicule.
That would be a shame, because the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Secretary Krancer have moved forward at the Commission a policy package that can further reduce the environmental impact of gas drilling.
The Commission should rethink asap and have each proposal disclosed and a public vote by Commission members on each one.