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Smart Talk Friday: liquor plan; DEP denied access to explosion site; school libraries; governor's race heats up; Penn State recruiting

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 17, 2014 3:08 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:

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Photo by Katie Colaneri/StateImpact PA

Last February, a natural gas well exploded in Greene County, killing one worker.  An emergency crew from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection arrived at the scene only to be turned away and denied access to the site by the well's operator Chevron.  Two days later, DEP finally was able to view the scene of the explosion.  StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Katie Colaneri broke the story and will provide an update.

A new plan to privatize Pennsylvania's liquor stores was unveiled this week.  This one was proposed by several business groups and would allow beer, wine and liquor sales at one location as well as providing other options.  Kevin Shivers of the National Federation of Independent Business in Pennsylvania appears along with Rich Pluta of Newport Beverage.

WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Mary Wilson will provide a state of Pennsylvania's school libraries as well as her capitol week in review.

The race for governor heated up this week and Franklin and Marshall College political analyst and pollster Dr. G. Terry Madonna has some insight.

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Photo by Chris Dunn/York Daily Record

Penn State football coach James Franklin

Finally, the York Daily Record's Frank Bodani talks with us about Penn State's success in recruiting football players.

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Comments: 5

  • Jim Foster img 2014-04-18 08:26

    Why should we be surprised that DEP was denied access to the Chevron well explosion site AND that DEP apparently took it lying down for two days? First, the Corbett Administration has delivered a clear message that the gas companies are in charge and the environmental regulators are not. Second, DEP Secretary Abruzzo showed in his confirmation hearing that he doesn't even understand the current science regarding climate change. He is clearly unqualified to be Secretary of DEP.

    A truly independent regulator would have immediately gone into court and gotten an order giving DEP immediate access to the site, as is their right under PA law. Instead, they waited two days to exercise their jurisdiction over this emergency situation. But, again, there is no surprise here. This Administration has been purchased lock, stock & barrel by the energy industry.

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-04-18 09:06

    A listener writes...
    If there's a death at a drilling site.
    Isn't that a homicide that has to be investigated immediately.
    With DEP ,EMT,Police,and coroner should be present immediately.
    Also along with OSHA.
    I wonder if the employees are aware of the risks of this policy if they were suffering injury or death.
    Or does the deceased family members get a check(death benefit) because employees signed a confidentiality disclosure.
    And since there's no official public investigator to list cause of death,and the company gets to alter the crime scene.
    No one will know the truth

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-04-18 09:06

    Thomas writes
    Just another "new idea" just like all the money the property owners where to get from gambling, all the money saved with electric deregulation. more booze sold to those who do not need it.

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-04-18 09:07

    A listener writes...
    If there's a death at a drilling site.
    Isn't that a homicide that has to be investigated immediately.
    With DEP ,EMT,Police,and coroner should be present immediately.
    Also along with OSHA.
    I wonder if the employees are aware of the risks of this policy if they were suffering injury or death.
    Or does the deceased family members get a check(death benefit) because employees signed a confidentiality disclosure.
    And since there's no official public investigator to list cause of death,and the company gets to alter the crime scene.

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-04-18 09:09

    Marty says...
    My bias isn’t rooted in business savvy… I have seen first hand the ravages of alcohol on families and individuals and I am in favor of anything that more closely controls alcohol sales in Pennsylvania…

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