St. Francis University’s Institute for Energy has finished a comprehensive review on energy development on Pennsylvania’s public lands. 

According to a press release from the university, the institute spent a year on the research examining oil, gas, coal and renewable energy development on the state’s public lands.

The goal of the project was to educate Pennsylvania residents and policymakers about how state-owned lands, including state parks, state forests and state gamelands, are being used and managed for energy resource development. 

“The research examines the development of each energy resource on state-owned lands and discusses the potential health and environmental risks associated with such development,” wrote Allison Rohrs, director of the institute and lead researcher for the report. 

“Additionally, the research provides technical and policy background information about each of the energy resources as well as recommendations.” 

The press release says Pennsylvania’s public lands have historically been developed by the coal, oil and gas industries as the result of mineral ownership laws and state public land policy, although no utility scale renewable energy projects have been developed on the lands. 

Interactive maps demonstrating where energy development is and is not occurring are available at

The research and analysis for the report was funded by The Heinz Endowments. A full copy can be found at

​Jocelyn Brumbaugh is a reporter for the Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @JBrumbaughTD.

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