Pa. DEP Secretary Stepping Down
Washington PA Observer Reporter
22 March 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Corbett’s often-controversial
environmental protection secretary will leave the post next month
after two years of guiding the agency that regulated
Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom as he clashed with environmental
advocates, federal regulators and Democratic lawmakers.
Michael Krancer, who was a state environmental law judge and
lawyer for energy giant Exelon Corp. before joining the Republican
governor’s administration, helped oversee Corbett’s Marcellus
Shale Advisory Commission and handled emerging issues of river and
air pollution as Pennsylvania worked to modernize its laws around
drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
The agency was in “good hands” under his leadership, Corbett said
in a statement, and cited Krancer’s work to improve the way the
Department of Environmental Protection operates. Krancer called
working for Corbett and the department “the greatest honor of my
Corbett said Krancer, 55, will return to private law practice with
the Philadelphia-based firm, Blank Rome, on April 15.
Krancer leaves on the heels of the departure of two other Cabinet
secretaries who had high-profile dust-ups.
He frequently accused the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of
overstepping its boundaries when it came to regulating rapidly
growing natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, and his exchanges
with Democratic lawmakers during legislative hearings were
Environmental groups regularly accused him of siding with the
natural gas industry, and the head of the Pennsylvania Fish and
Boat Commission has complained that Krancer’s agency was more
concerned with politics than dealing with a decline in fish
populations in the Susquehanna River.