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Environmental secretary hearing could stir debate about key issues

parring over gas drilling and climate change will likely spice up the Senate confirmation hearing for John Quigley as state environmental secretary sometime this spring.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources secretary from 2009 to 2011 during the Rendell administration, Quigley knows about being grilled by senators.

This time around there is more material for senators to pore over as Quigley takes the helm at the Department of Environmental Protection. Quigley has been the DEP acting secretary since Wolf took office, but whether the title becomes permanent depends on a majority of senators voting to confirm him. Republicans control the chamber 30-19 with one vacant seat.

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