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Drilling companies must file emergency response plan in Ligonier Township

| Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010

Ligonier Township Supervisors on Tuesday made several changes to a resolution that allows a Texas drilling company to proceed with two more gas wells in the Marcellus shale.

The changes are prompted by public concern expressed at a hearing July 13.

XTO Energy Inc. will be required to file an emergency action plan with the township, as well as local emergency responders.

Solicitor Judith Ciszek said the requirement was in "direct response" to the public concern over the possibility of an emergency.

With the changes, the supervisors approved the addition of the two wells on the Nelson property on Route 259.

Also at last night's meeting, the board passed a resolution that formally opposes two bills intended to consolidate some municipalities.

"It is my feeling that local government gives people the opportunity for their representatives to do the best with the tax money that comes in," Supervisor Keith Whipkey said.

House Bill 2431 and Senate Bill 1357 propose a state committee to create a larger centralized government, based on the state's county system.

The township's resolution states it would impose a higher tax burden on residents if the bills passed.

Richard Flickinger said he applauded the supervisors for taking the stance.

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