Pennsylvania Town vs. Energy Company

By On October 23, 2011 8:42 am

Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette South Fayette Township solicitor Jonathan M. Kamin, center, hands a motion to John Alan Kosky of the township Zoning Board during an Oct. 12 hearing at South Fayette Township Middle School.


What’s happening between the community  of South Fayette and Range Resources that has gained the national spotlight?
From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

It’s a dispute that has turned South Fayette into an unlikely test case for drilling regulations across the Marcellus Shale region — and has thrust an issue of national resonance into the realm of small-town politics.

Western Pennsylvania’s dominant driller calls the township’s regulations an illegal ban on natural gas development that’s holding back development on leases set to expire, taking more than a billion dollars with them, at a time when the driller says it is short on cash.

Read, “Small community focus of big Shale controversy “By Erich Schwartzel and Andrea Iglar, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette”.