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Council OKs gas well

| Saturday, May 5, 2012, 8:49 a.m.

Mt. Pleasant Borough Council agreed Monday to enter into a lease with Kriebel Resources for a natural gas well to be drilled on Mt. Pleasant Waste Water Treatment property near the Little League field parking lot in Willow Park.

"We looked at the location where they proposed the gas well, and it all looks very workable," Councilman Mike Tabita said.

Kriebel hopes to begin drilling by December next year.

The borough will receive natural gas for the waste water treatment facility and possibly the 3rd Ward fire department station.

Tabita said royalties from the well will go to the borough's parks and recreation program.

"It looks like it's going to be a nice way to fund the parks," Tabita said.

Borough Manager Jeff Landy said the borough would receive royalties for as long as the well is working, which could be 20 to 30 years.

About two years ago, Kriebel approached borough officials about putting a gas well in Frick Park, which some officials considered until public opposition convinced council members otherwise.

Earlier this year, a gas well was put on the private property of the Falcons organization on the north side of the borough. Nearby residents protested the installation.

Councilman Joe Bauer lives in the area and said there's no excessive noise or any other problems from the well.

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