Doug McLinko has served as Bradford County Commissioner since 2004. Prior to his election as county commissioner, Doug chaired the Wysox Township Board of Supervisors. He has been active in the community for many years and involved with organizations including the Salvation Army Service Unit where he serves as chairman and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Doug also served as a director on the Bradford County Conservation District Board. He is a past president of the Wysox Chamber of Commerce and sits on the executive board of the Bradford County Republican Committee.
Commissioner McLinko was personally invited by Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley to attend a meeting of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission to discuss his experiences in Bradford County with the Marcellus Shale gas industry. Lieutenant Governor Cawley wrote, “I believe you are one of the leading northeast Pennsylvania county commissioners when it comes to understanding the natural gas industry…”
Commissioner McLinko testified before the Senate Majority Policy Committee Public Hearing on The Local Impact of Marcellus Shale Development and highlighted the cooperation between energy companies and local governments in addressing issues arising from Marcellus Shale development.
Commissioner McLinko testified before the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement in Quebec City, Canada. The Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement is an independant agency that reports to the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks.
Commissioner McLinko organized a meeting with Bradford County municipal officials to encourage the adoption of road maintenance agreements rather than costly and cumbersome posting and bonding mandates on energy and trucking firms. McLinko proposed the adoption of road maintenance agreements after meeting with energy firms Michael Bertolino, chairman of the Young Township Board of Supervisors in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
Commissioner McLinko was the first elected official in the Marcellus Shale region to organize a fact finding trip with local business and civic leaders to the Barnett Shale in August 2008 to meet with their counterparts in Wise County, Texas and witness the economic growth created by shale gas development.
Testified before the Senate Majority Policy Committee Public Hearing on The Local Impact of Marcellus Shale Development on 1/26/2011. Commissioner McLinko highlighted the cooperation between energy companies and local governments in addressing issues arising from Marcellus Shale development.