In an on-line article, published in the Lancaster On-Line, Teddy Borawski, a geologist who is the Chief of the Minerals Section in the Bureau of Forestry, in the Pennsylvania State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), is quoted as making an anti-semitic comment about documentary film-maker, Josh Fox, whose film, Gasland, has won many awards and was an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary this year.

Fox’s film raises health, environmental, and human rights concerns with a gas drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing, which Borawski espouses. In his comments, speaking to the Pennsylvania Dutch Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society, in Nettsville, PA Borawski, reportedly told the audience that “Joseph Goebbels would have been proud,” of Josh Fox, who is the grandson of Holocaust survivors who fled Europe. Borawski further suggests that Goebbels “would have given (Fox) the Nazi Award.”

A one time oil and gas exploration geologist-geophysicist with the Pennzoil Company and Enron Oil companies, in state documents Borawski promotes the use of state forests and public lands as the “most desirable” locales for drilling and for long term storage of CO2, (and other gas drilling after products.) In a paper he prepared, he points out that it’s easier to restrict “human activity that may breach the reservoir, allowing large volumes of gas to leak or vent to the surface, groundwater aquifers, and atmosphere” on state lands than it is elsewhere.

In the same document, Borawski states that these repositories might be required for as long as “hundreds to thousands of years,” incurring “rental payments” that could affect the long term economic viability of gas development.

Outside of state lands, Borawski in the same document recommends that the state “should consider the possible use of eminent domain to obtain the necessary rights” because otherwise “the cost of obtaining the mineral rights, potential access problems with pipeline right-of-ways, and potential liability issues could pose limitations” on full scale gas development.

According to Lancaster On-Line staff writer, Ad Crable, Borawski, also told the assembled Underwriters Society that the number of wells to be drilled on “both public and private land will increase from about 6,400 wells today to 120,000 wells, perhaps even 180,000.”

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