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October 11, 2012

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FRANKLIN —

HARRISBURG — The dismissal of Pennsylvania's state parks director is raising questions about whether Gov. Tom Corbett is making plans to allow mining or timbering on the lands.

John Norbeck told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week that his last day will be Oct. 19 after he received a termination letter from the state's human resources office.

Corbett administration officials are not saying why they wanted Norbeck out, but say there's no connection to resource development issues.

Norbeck told the newspaper he opposed one company's plans to mine limestone beneath Laurel Ridge State Park in southwestern Pennsylvania and objected to discussion by an administration official about allowing commercial timbering operations in state parks.

Norbeck was hired in 2006. Democratic Rep. Bud George wants a hearing on the matter.

 

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