Pennsylvania has been exploited by cutting, drilling, mining and extracting our resources for so long, we have institutionalized the process. Our proxy legislators are pawns of the fossil fuel industry to the detriment of clean energy development. Our representatives claim appreciation for the amazing beauty and natural resources of the state, but protecting and maintaining them are last on their priority list. Time after time our legislators have proven there is nothing they would not compromise to please big oil; not our woods and watershed, nor our state forests and parks. They are now considering removing the Department of Environmental Protection completely from the permitting process for new natural gas wells.