[Allegheny County] Council staffer listed concerns in gas deal

From the Pgh. Post-Gazette:
Allegheny County Council approved a $500 million drilling deal despite concerns raised by a senior staff member that weren't shared before the vote.

Three of council's 15 members, including the president, received a memo over the weekend from director of legislative services Jared Barker that posed serious questions about the contract with Consol Energy to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport.

In a version of the memo forwarded among council members the day after the vote, Mr. Barker listed 27 questions he'd want answered before giving further advice. Among other concerns, he questioned the length of the lease, who would control the contract and how the land would be taxed.

None of those questions had been addressed publicly, he wrote.
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Follow-up actions on "airport fracking" legislation

We've endured the manufactured media event that was Allegheny County's "public hearing" on airport fracking. There are two more opportunities to show your commitment:

  • Send written comments to Allegheny County Council by 5pm, Friday, Feb. 15
  • Attend the meeting of the "Public Works Committee" of Council: (Thurs., Feb. 14, 4:30pm, 'Conference Rm 1' at County Courthouse)

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