Scrap industry veteran Richard J. Allan has resigned as
secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources (DCNR) at the request of Gov. Tom
No reason was given by
the governors office and Allen couldnt be reached
for comment, but it is believed that complaints from local
environmentalists might have been a contributing factor.
"We believe that ...
Allans resignation is at least in part a result of the
lack of transparency and willingness to involve the public in
DCNRs public lands management decisions," Jeff Schmidt,
director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, said
in a statement.
Allan, 59, was
responsible for maintaining and preserving the states
parks and monitoring the increasing number of Marcellus Shale
natural gas wells being drilled on state forestland (
amm.com, March 24, 2011).
Allan was vice
president and general manager of Allan Industries Inc. from
1975 to 1991. The Wilkes Barre, Pa.-based ferrous and
nonferrous scrap processor was founded by his father. He also
served for a time as executive/legislative director of the
Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling
Ellen Ferretti, deputy
secretary for parks and forestry, will serve as acting
secretary of the DCNR effective immediately.