Wednesday, September 22, 2010

SF mulls gas drilling regulations

Familiar story?

By Deana Carpenter For The Almanac

"A standing room only crowd of residents from South Fayette and neighboring communities, including officials from Pittsburgh City Council, voiced their concerns about regulating gas well drilling in the township at the commissioners' Sept. 20 meeting.

Like many communities, South Fayette is trying to regulate the drilling through its zoning ordinances. And after much discussion and debate Sept. 20 about where drilling would occur in the township, commissioners voted 3-2 to readvertise the current pending ordinance, with Commissioners Deron Gabriel and Cindy Cox opposed.

South Fayette has a pending drilling ordinance in place, stating that any drilling must be at least 1,000 feet from a protected structure which includes a school or home.

The pending ordinance would allow conditional use drilling in all zoning districts in the township. The ordinance calls for conditional use, rather than permitted because conditional use would require public notification and allow for public hearings for input from residents." More>>>>

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