ShareThis Page
North Hills

Franklin Park holding informational meeting Monday on proposal to drill under park

Tony LaRussa
| Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

Franklin Park is holding an information meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday to provide residents more information about a proposal to allow drilling for Marcellus Shale gas under Linbrook Park.

Council postponed its Dec. 19 vote to permit PennEnergy Resources to drill under the 80-acre park after residents raised concerns about the potential risks to the environment.

The proposed five-year lease with the energy company calls for an up-front payment to the borough of $283,500 plus an 18-percent royalty on the value of any gas that is extracted.

PennEnergy plans to place the well head about 3/4 of a mile outside the park in neighboring Economy borough in Beaver County, according to borough officials.

At least two experts on the processes used to extract natural gas from Marcellus Shale are scheduled to attend the Jan. 14 meeting to answer questions. Residents also will have the opportunity to comment about the proposal.

The meeting will be held in the activity center in Blueberry Hill Park, which is located along Blaine’s Way.

The borough already has created rules that limit drilling to the mostly rural section of the borough in the northwest quadrant near the border with Marshall Township.

While municipalities can set reasonable restrictions for drilling, they cannot forbid if from taking place because it is regulated by the state.

Even if council votes against the request to extract gas from under the park, surrounding property owners would be free to lease their lands for drilling.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me