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South Fayette sets hearing on proposed oil, gas drilling ordinance

| Friday, June 12, 2015, 8:57 p.m.

South Fayette residents will have a chance on July 8 to comment on the township's proposed oil and gas drilling ordinance during a public hearing.

Commissioners approved the date with a 3-1 vote.

Commissioner Jessica Cardillo Wagenhoffer cast the dissenting vote.

Cardillo questioned the need to move forward with a hearing after the planning commission voted 3-1 on May 28 to not recommend the ordinance.

“I'm still not understanding why this (ordinance) has to happen,” she said at the June 10 meeting.

The proposed ordinance would limit drilling in the township to areas zoned for industrial use.

Township solicitor Jonathan Kamin drafted the amendment in response to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling on Act 13.

“It is our opinion there are changes that need to be made to the existing ordinance based on our decision in the Act 13 case,” he said.

“What I'm saying is not passing the ordinance, just setting a public hearing.”

The hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the borough building, 515 Millers Run Road.

Alex Felser is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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