AlliedNews.com - Grove City, Pennsylvania

Local News

November 9, 2013

Fracking meetings set

Josh Fox, Dr. Tony Ingraffea to speak in area

MERCER COUNTY AREA — The public and Slippery Rock school board members are invited to two informational meetings that will address hydraulic fracturing topics as district officials continue to consider a possible lease on school land for gas and oil drilling rights.

“How noisy will it be from drilling, truck traffic?” Arthur Richards of Slippery Rock Township asked at Monday’s board meeting, citing just a few of the concerns he hopes school directors keep in mind.

Richards handed out flyers listing information about the meetings, which will focus on the potential lease being proposed by XTO Energy for 1.33 acres of land on the edge of Moraine Elementary School property in Prospect.

Richards said the meetings will be run by Jason Bell, a Seneca resident and Slippery Rock High School graduate who has spoken at several board meetings, urging school officials to take their time and do their research about health and environmental risks associated with drilling.

Bell was unable to attend Monday’s meeting.

The first public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov 12) in the gym of Moraine Elementary and it will include general information about “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, from local experts on why the district needs to be “keenly aware of, and prepared for, potential negative impacts of the gas drilling on lands adjacent to Moraine Elementary School,” according to the flyer.

The second meeting is at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Moraine gym and it will serve as a follow-up to the first meeting and include a more in-depth explanation of the emerging science concerning health hazards and potential financial liability that might be incurred by the district.

Richards, Bell and other concerned area residents and taxpayers are also encouraging the board and public to attend a meeting set for 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Butler County Community College, Butler, in Succop Theater, where Dr. Anthony Ingraffea of Cornell University’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering will speak on “The Science of Shale Gas: The Latest Evidence on Leaky Wells, Methane Emissions, and Implication for Policy.”

Board member Kirby Lotz said that even though a lease has yet to be drawn up, XTO has made it clear they will not be touching the surface of school property and drilling will not be passing underneath Moraine.

“They’ve not even asked for access to our property,” Lotz said of wanting to address those concerns.

“I know that, but air is air,” Richards said of how the board still needs to consider air quality, even if the drill pad isn’t right next to the school.

XTO has said it’s planning a drill site in Prospect on Route 528 East and the 1.33 acres on the edge of the Moraine property is one of multiple leases the company is working to secure with area landowners.

Richards also noted “Gasland II” will be screened for free at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Robert M. Smith Student Center Theater at Slippery Rock University, and filmmaker Josh Fox will attend the screening of the HBO Documentary Film; the event is being presented by Marcellus Outreach Butler.

“Gasland II,” the sequel to “Gasland,” is described as showing how money and lobbying by the natural gas industry has influenced legislation and government policies threatening the democratic system of government of “by the people, for the people.”

Also on Monday, the board appointed Melissa Allen to fill the seat vacated by Dr. Mark Mraz, who resigned Oct. 7 for personal reasons.

The position represents Region 3, which covers Brady and Worth townships and Slippery Rock and West Liberty boroughs.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • IDC speaker Route 208 area keeps growing

    The Route 208 corridor that encompasses Grove City and Pine and Springfield townships was the main focus at Friday’s annual meeting of the 79-80 Interstate Development Corp., its members learning more about current and potential projects.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Drilling permits, 14 violations recorded

    Fourteen violations and multiple permits for gas and oil drilling were issued over the past month, according to records detailing activities in and around the Allied News coverage area.

    April 18, 2014

  • Winter's chilling cost

    Grove City Borough Council will be considering options to pass along a $200,000 electric bill to residents – maybe.

    April 18, 2014

  • pryts,monica-headshot.jpg Allied coverage wins 2 press awards

    Allied News and The Herald garnered awards in the annual Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • grilling organic chicken.jpg Connections made for the future of local foods

    Representatives of Sustainable Slippery Rock and the Northwest Pennsylvania Growers Cooperative, along with community members, came together Wednesday night to exchange ideas about area food systems and raise awareness of local sustainability.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • holocaust speaker1.jpg Finding good in the darkest time

    Paul Bartrop works hard to find the good - accounts of heroism and selfless acts - in one of the most evil events known to mankind: the Holocaust.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • College to raze old middle school

    At 101 years old, the former Grove City Middle School will soon be razed.
    Last summer, Grove City College purchased the middle school at 130 E. Main St. from Grove City Area School District. It was built in 1913.

    April 16, 2014

  • Board sets calendar, make-up days

    Slippery Rock school directors on Monday set the calendar for the 2014-15 school year and scheduled the remaining two snow make-up days for students.

    April 16, 2014

  • goalball trio2.jpg Sports group serves blind, visually impaired

    A non-profit organization based at Slippery Rock University that serves blind and visually-impaired children is gearing up for its spring sports clinic, among other events and fundraisers that keep participants and organizers busy year-round.

    April 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • girl scouts2.jpg Sold!

    Sold!

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide