Fracking Fluid with Your Finals Round Up: Corbett Suggests Drilling on Campus to Make up for His Budget Cuts

Today, Tom Corbett suggested schools could make up for his devastating budget cuts by drilling for gas on campus. Seriously. 

Take a look at a round up of national and Pennsylvania clips while Tom Corbett's press staff prepares a stiff drink.

Corbett: Colleges should tap into Marcellus shale (Erie Times News) Gov. Tom Corbett told the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees that the state's universities could ease their financial woes by tapping into Marcellus shale deposits beneath their campuses. Speaking at Edinboro University during his first visit to northwestern Pennsylvania since taking office, Corbett said six campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education sit on the Marcellus shale formations now being tapped for natural gas. Corbett, whose proposed 2011-12 budget includes $2 billion in cuts to education and a 50 percent reduction in aid to colleges and universities, also emphasized that those cuts are only proposals.  

Corbett says gas drilling - on campus - could save colleges (Philadelphia Inquirer) Gov. Corbett has proposed a novel solution to the higher education funding crisis: drilling for dollars. Not a gas tax, mind you but gas rigs, right on campus. Corbett told the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees today that schools could address revenue shortfalls by tapping into the riches of the Marcellus Shale beneath their campuses.

Corbett suggests cash-strapped state universities should drill for gas to solve budget woes (AP) Some Pennsylvania universities should consider drilling for natural gas below campus to help solve their financial problems, Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday.The Erie Times-News reported that Corbett made the suggestion during an appearance at a meeting of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees at Edinboro University.

Gas drilling on campus (Politico) Pennsylvania's governor has a unique education plan: Gov. Tom Corbett told the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees that the state's universities could ease their financial woes by tapping into Marcellus shale deposits beneath their campuses.

Gov: Schools should drill for money (Early Returns, Post Gazette Blog) We're late to this, but for the record . . . it's another day of not-so-great PR for Tom Corbett. From the AP: EDINBORO, Pa. (AP) -- Some Pennsylvania universities should consider drilling for natural gas below campus to help solve their financial problems, Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday. 

PA Gov Suggests Universities Tap Into Shale Deposits Under Campuses (Talking Points Memo) Ah, college. All-nighters. Ultimate frisbee. Fraternities. Fracking. According to The Erie Times-News, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is telling state universities that an answer to their financial troubles lies literally under their feet. Speaking at Edinboro University in Northwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday, Corbett told the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees that six campuses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education sit on the Marcellus Shale Formation, which could be tapped for natural gas.

Corbett to cash-strapped colleges: Thar's gold in them thar hills! (Philadelphia Daily News, Attywood) Our governor is a fracking lunatic. I can't wait to see the drilling rigs on Temple's Liacouris Walk.

Pa. Governor Urges Cash Strapped Colleges to Drill for Natural Gas (Gawker) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is proposing massive cuts to the state's higher education system in his budget proposal, including reducing aid to colleges and universities by 50 percent. But! And this is important! Six lucky colleges and universities in the Pennsylvania higher education system, Corbett says, have an easy way of making up that difference: Open the campuses to natural gas drilling, because there's a fucking goldmine under College Green.

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