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Court hearing to stop natural gas drilling underneath state parks, forests scheduled

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - An environmental group will seek an injunction in commonwealth court Wednesday.  It wants to block the governor's attempt to expand drilling under state forests and parks

 The Corbett administration announced on Friday afternoon the expansion of natural gas drilling. Drillers will not be allowed to work inside parks or forests but very deep underground.

In a press release Corbett said the move is protecting state land but critics think it is a risky move. Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation filed paperwork and is hoping to stop the governor.

"Consider the possibility of gas bubbling in the middle of a state park lake, consider a well blowout and fire where you have to clear a safety zone of a mile or so as happened in Greene County early this year. There are all kinds of risks," said John Quigley, former head of DCNR.

Wednesday's hearing begins at 11 a.m. at Commonwealth Court.

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