Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf‘s administration last week announced that Secretary of Policy and Planning John Hangerhas resigned his position. A former secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, which regulates the oil and gas industry, and a one-time candidate for governor, Hanger was selected for the role by Wolf in December 2014 (see Shale Daily, Dec. 11, 2014). The administration said Hanger was resigning to spend more time with his wife and daughter, both of whom live in Massachusetts. “It is difficult to leave, but I cannot be in two places at once,” Hanger said. “Commuting regularly to and from Massachusetts and doing my demanding job has become impossible.” Hanger served as DEP secretary from 2008-2011 under former Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell. Hanger ran against Wolf in the 2014 Democratic primary race, but withdrew two months before the vote. Like Wolf, he supported enacting a natural gas severance tax in the state. The administration said Hanger would be replaced by Sarah Galbally, who has served as deputy secretary of policy and planning.
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