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Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

DePasquale swears in as state's top fiscal watchdog

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jan 15, 2013 10:37 PM
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The state's new auditor general said at his swearing-in ceremony that job number one will be to review how the state oversees the quality of Pennsylvania's waterways.

Democrat Eugene DePasquale lingered on the state's history with steel mills and coal mines. Today, he said, natural gas drilling is bringing similar economic development and environmental problems.

The former York County representative said he intends to deliver on a campaign promise to look into the impact of natural gas drilling on the water supply.

"One of my first official duties as auditor general will be to initiate a performance audit of the Department of Environmental Protection to make sure our constitutional right to pure water is not being compromised," said DePasquale.

He added that his good stewardship of tax dollars will begin with his own office.

"I will begin immediately to review how our audits are done to ensure that we are as efficient as possible," said DePasquale. "I think it is entirely wrong to go out and start banging away at other agencies, and saying that they need to become more efficient if we're not looking at ourselves as well."

DePasquale succeeds Democratic auditor general Jack Wagner, who held the post for two four-year terms.

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