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William Capouillez, director of the Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management, said other states, such as West Virginia, sell user permits to use their lands.
The permit could also raise additional revenue for the agency, he said, noting that the range permits generated more than $300,000 last year.
William Capouillez is paid $76,206 as director of the Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management, the department that deals closely with natural gas companies seeking to tap gas reserves under public lands.
At night, Capouillez works as an oil and gas mineral lease consultant for individuals seeking to lease their lands for the development of natural gas resources. He again works with the same companies he does during the daylight hours, except now Capouillez receives a cut of the revenues and royalties generated by leaseholders, Metcalfe said. The concerns about Capouillez's moonlighting were first raised in a 2008 story in The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat. The Philadelphia Inquirer explored the questions surrounding Capouillez's outside employment earlier this summer. The Tribune-Democrat reported that after working hours, and described only as a geologist and not as a state employee, Capouillez conducts seminars for landowners who have been approached by natural gas companies wanting a lease. If they sign with him as their agent, Capouillez says he will get them higher lease income and better terms. In return, he and his private company, Geological Assessment and Leasing of McVeytown, would get 25 cents of every dollar Capouillez negotiated for the landowner above the rate first offered by the gas company, plus 50 percent of royalties above the set rate. Capouillez told the Tribune-Democrat that he does not routinely reveal that he is a state employee because he fears that would create a conflict of interest. Records provided by the Game Commission show that Capouillez has been proceeding with the blessing of his superiors, thanks to a review completed in 1996. That review describes Capouillez's outside employment as a consultant to private property owners. That review indicates that Capouillez "must be able to discern and consistently check on potential conflicts of interest prior to initiating employment." The review also states that Capouillez is barred from using data or information he gleans from his state job to benefit his second job. A spokesman for the Game Commission did not respond to a request for information detailing if the Game Commission had ever determined that a particular job proposed by Capouillez was not permissible.
Bill Capouillez, director of the Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management in the state Game Commission, said opening day of archery season is the next day, and fall is a time when people will want
"We're looking forward to it," Capouillez said. "A lot of people have been calling us in anticipation of this. It will be an excellent opportunity and have a well-desired effect when people get out there." Capouillez said the deed that will convey the properties to Penn State and the township hasn't been completed.
"It went off really well," said Bill Capouillez, director of the Bureau of Wildlife Habitat Management.
"Because it got as warm as it did, as quick as it did, it went really well," Capouillez said. Thursday's weather also helped smoke from the burn disperse quickly, he said. Doing it that way, Capouillez said, will create firebreaks between the barrens and residential areas. Capouillez said the Barrens has a unique scrub oak and pitch pine community that, at 963 acres, is the largest remaining patch in the state. "It represents a critical and unique habitat that needs to be managed," he said during a news conference Thursday morning. Fire is needed to maintain the pitch pine, in particular, as well as the scrub oak, he said. Trees like maples choke out the scrub oak. And, without fire, a pitch pine's seeds aren't released. Thursday afternoon, small scrub oaks poked out of the ash-covered ground, unfazed by the fire, but with less competition to grow. "There's nothing around it, understory-wise, to impede its growth," Capouillez said.