TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

County mum on bids for drilling at Deer Lakes Park

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 10:13 p.m.
 

Allegheny County officials clammed up Friday, refusing to say how many companies responded to a request for bids to drill for natural gas under Deer Lakes Park.

Though officials set that day as the deadline, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said in an email that they wouldn't make public any information about proposals or the status of any negotiations. That's consistent with the bidding process, she said.

Opponents of drilling under county parks have criticized County Executive Rich Fitzgerald for holding private meetings with gas companies and a lack of transparency in the process.

The county asked for proposals on Sept. 27, noting companies should detail plans to control wastewater, test water before, during and after drilling and prevent stormwater runoff and erosion.

Monroeville-based Huntley & Huntley Inc. approached the county to drill under Deer Lakes from wellheads outside park boundaries.

The county potentially could get $40 million to $96 million if it allows drilling, a Tribune-Review analysis found.

The idea of drilling under the park in West Deer and Frazier drew protest from environmental groups. About 30 people staged a sit-in at Fitzgerald's office during demonstrations across the city at the conclusion of last weekend's Power Shift 2013 conference.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7986 or aaupperlee@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Corbett christens $960K bus shelter, bicycle station in Robinson
  2. Most back Holy Family’s plan to house children who crossed border
  3. Giant Eagle provides assistance to fight proposed Wal-Mart in McCandless
  4. Peduto says city dropped UPMC lawsuit to help nonprofit payment talks
  5. Peduto offers ray of light to understaffed Pittsburgh building bureau
  6. 1 intruder killed, other shot and wounded in Carrick home invasion
  7. McCandless OKs land development plan for potential Wal-Mart
  8. UPMC, Pittsburgh drop tax-status fight
  9. Blind man accused in stabbing on South Side to stand trial
  10. Foreign influx in Allegheny County at ‘tipping point’
  11. Evacuees return to Young Hotel apartments in Pitcairn
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.