DEP official owned natural gas investments
PITTSBURGH (AP) – A high-ranking official at the state Department of Environmental Protection invested money in the natural gas industry for several years.
StateImpact Pennsylvania reports Monday that ethics filings show that Jeffrey Logan, DEP’s Executive Deputy Secretary for Administration and Management, owned investments in Cabot Oil and Gas, a natural gas index fund, and Westport Innovations, a major supplier of natural gas vehicle engines. StateImpact is a collaboration between radio stations WITF and WHYY.
DEP spokesman Eric Shirk says the department doesn’t view the investments as a conflict of interest, but that to avoid even the appearance of a conflict Logan no longer has the industry-related holdings.
It’s not clear how much money Logan invested, since forms obtained under the state’s Right To Know Law were heavily redacted.