Public Hearing about Airport Drilling
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Contact County Executive Rich Fitzgerald & the Allegheny County Council
Fitzgerald 412-350-6500-- County Council 412-350-6490--Amy Downs, Director of Communications 412-350-3711
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Public Hearing about Airport Drilling - Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013- 6pm
Robert Morris Univ, 119 Campus Dr. Sewall Center International room, Moon Township
Next week, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald will introduce legislation to affirm a 30 year contract between the County Airport Authority and Consol Energy to begin Shale Gas Extraction Operations (“Fracking”) at Pittsburgh International in Moon Twp. and County Airports in West Mifflin Borough.
It will be referred to Standing Committee and a pubic hearing held Thursday, Feb. 7. There is, at this time, only one hearing planned.
There are no plans, as of yet, to have any hearings in West Mifflin or in nearby municipalities in the area of the Allegheny County Airport. There is no cogent public information program so that the public would have the ability to comment in a meaningful way.
A final vote could happen as early as one month from introduction of the legislation next week. Now is the time to think, ask questions and to speak up. It is our communities. It is our County. It is our water. It is our air. It is our future. The Airport Authority has already indicated it would give the deal to Consol Energy.
Lots of money - No public participation. No Environmental (as built or natural) studies. No public health risk assessments.
"The Allegheny County Airport Authority on Friday opted to negotiate a potential $250 million drilling deal with Consol Energy, which submitted what appeared to be the lower of two bids for the lucrative contract.
"The Cecil-based company offered to pay $20.8 million upfront for the right to drill for natural gas on a combined 9,263 acres at Pittsburgh International Airport in Findlay and the county airport in West Mifflin. The bid included a deposit check of $2.1 million.
"EQT, a Downtown energy company, made a bid that it said would have netted the authority $44 million in upfront cash. It did not include a deposit check."
Shale Gas Drilling (“Fracking”) is not just the installation of a 6 acre-plus drilling pad and a temporary rig that does the drilling. There will be a need for attending permanent infrastructure, particularly pipeline construction and mid-stream infrastructure.
The host municipalities would be confronted with significant issues related to their present development plans and finding room for the new industrial uses coming to their neighborhoods in largely residential and commercial/retail zoned areas. The character of these community will be forever and fundamentally changed.
Each municipality in PA is required by state law to have a comprehensive plan. If drilling occurs West Mifflin and Moon Twp. and other nearby municipalities they would be required to significantly amend these plans. Fracking impacts were never envisioned in these comprehensive plans.
The fact is, this is not just a matter of constructing a well pad, a temporary drilling operation and then, it’s done. The attending permanent infrastructure requires significant permanent land use.
Pipeline rights of way present many hurdles to municipalities due to the need to carve out rights of way up to 30 feet in width. Permanent Compressor Stations and Distillation facilities which produce significant air pollution will dot these and other communities landscape.
I encourage you to contact the Pipeline Safety Coalition so that you would be better equipped to deal with what is coming your way. Last summer the PSC did an excellent presentation at a Local Government Academy (“LGA”) workshop in Canonsburg. They are at 101 east Street Road, Kennet Sq., PA 19348. 610 925 0041. Website: http://www.papipelinesafety.org/
Aside from the inherent dangers posed by shale gas extraction there are impacts to local and regional PUBLIC SAFETY planning.
At a LGA workshop on that matter in Murrysville last summer, PA Homeland Security/PEMA was there, represented by the former City and County 911 center’s Chief, Bob Full. Bob acknowledged at that meeting that there is no PA state safety protocol, as of yet, for responding to events (well fires, explosions, spills, etc.) for first responders.
Obviously, the host communities would be on the front line of such a response. Are the Sky View Volunteer Firefighters (adjacent to the County airport) in West Mifflin prepared? Moon Twp. volunteer firefighters?
Are the surrounding boroughs municipal first responders prepared and protected? There would be significant costs associated with public safety equipment acquisition and training.
The municipalities in the area of the two airports would see a significant increase in heavy truck traffic. The PA DEP estimates that one horizontal Marcellus well requires 1,000 water truck trips during drilling and fracking. There is another estimated 1,200 truck trips for the silica sand. Per well. The pad may have up to 6-8 wells. That’s a lot of heavy truck traffic headed for Lebanon and Lebanon Church Roads.
There will be noise 24/7, well flaring, open frack water ponds with millions of gallons of contaminated liquids that breath off Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s - benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene, xylene) which are know cancer causing and endocrine disrupter agents. The return fluids also bring back barium, strontium and radionuclide and radioactive material.
If Allegheny County and International Airports are to be fracked it would stand to reason to hold community meetings in West Mifflin and surrounding municipalities. Yet, that is not enough. How can the people of any given community comment if they have not been provided a full disclosure of the impacts associated with Fracking?
My home in Sq. Hill is only about 2 miles away as the crow flies from the County Airport. It is essentially in the city’s 31st Ward’s (Lincoln Place- West Mifflin) backyard.
Contact your County Executive & County Council now!
Stop Fracking. It isn’t safe.
Richard Fitzgerald, County Executive (412) 350 6500
John DeFazio County Council At-Large (412) 350-6516
Heather S. Heidelbaugh County Council At-Large (412) 350-6520
Matt Drozd District 1 (412) 350-6525
Jan Rea District 2 (412) 350-6530
James Burn, Jr. District 3 (412) 350-6535
Michael J. Finnerty District 4 (412) 350-6540
Vince Gastgeb District 5 (412) 350-6545
John F. Palmiere District 6 (412) 350-6550
Nicholas Futules District 7 Vice-President (412) 350-6555
Dr. Charles Martoni, President District 8 (412) 350-6560
Robert J. Macey District 9 (412) 350-6565
William Russell Robinson District 10 (412) 350-6570
Barbara Daly Danko District 11 (412) 350-6575
James Ellenbogen District 12 (412) 350-6580
Amanda Green Hawkins District 13 (412) 350-6585
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