Fayette County commissioners recently voted to use Marcellus shale impact-fee money to hire a $60,000-a-year cheerleader to tell us how great the industry is for the local economy (“Marcellus fees will pay salaries,” Feb. 20 and TribLIVE.com). The money is from impact fees and should go to repair damages caused by the Marcellus shale natural gas industry.
Send the money to townships so they can repair damage the industry walks away from. Or why not hire someone to give legal aid to the growing list of county residents who have property damage and contracts broken by the industry?
Our township road is being destroyed and is routinely covered in mud, but as long as commissioners Vince Zapotosky and Al Ambrosini have money to squander, who cares about the residents and townships the Marcellus industry is actually having an impact on?
I know doing the right thing would probably hurt Zapotosky's campaign finances, as he takes money from the industry, but he needs to “man up” and remember that he is supposed to be working for the people of Fayette County, not the gas industry.
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