Peters Twp. Group Wants Referendum To Ban Drilling

PETERS TWP. (KDKA) — The debate over Marcellus Shale drilling is heating up in one Washington County community.

Just one day after Peters Township council unanimously voted to let a judge decide whether a referendum on natural gas drilling can appear on the November ballot, the township solicitor went to court hoping to block it.

Peters Township Solicitor William Johnson wants to block the referendum that would give voters a choice of whether to ban natural gas drilling in their community.

But members of the Peters Township Marcellus Shale Awareness Group, or PTMSA, say it should be up to residents to decide what happens in their community. The group presented a petition with more than 2,400 signatures from residents who want the referendum to appear on the November ballot.

“Trust me, if it doesn’t make it on the November ballot, we’ll be back in the primary with the same petition,” PTMSA member Jet Miskis told KDKA-TV’s Brenda Waters.

“We’re not fighting for just our backyard,” another group member added, “we’re fighting for all backyards.”

A judge will hear arguments on the issue later this month.

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  1. myspaceyourface says:

    WAKE UP PEOPLE . . . . THIS ANSWERS SO MANY OF OUR PROBLEMS

    1. JOBS

    2. ECONOMY

    3. NATIONAL SECURITY

    4. SAFE TO THE ENVIRONMENT

    5. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

    6 REBUILD OUR STREETS, BRIDGES AND COMMUNITIES

    THE GOOD FAR OUT WEIGHS THE RISK

    1. kathryn Klaber says:

      wake up?
      So basically you are saying: money is more important than the RISK of our health, the environment and polluting millions of gallons water. 1) Jobs: all come from Texas. 2) Economy: we don’t even tax the Texas companies. 3) National security: massive underground gas lines are a potential terrorist threat 4) Safe to the environment: what environmental problem could this possibly answer? 5) Energy independence: great! we will have gas for 20 years, then what? 6 REBUILD OUR STREETS, BRIDGES AND COMMUNITIES: they will have to rebuild their own destruction, and when they leave, communities have the potential to be ghost towns like many coal mining communities.

      You need to wake up. Don’t let greedy politicians and corporate CEO’s brainwash you with their propaganda.

  2. Doranne Ceccarelli says:

    It is you who is need of a wake up call. So many citizens have spoken up about the realities of drilling: profound disruption to their quality of life from lights, noise, noxious gas fumes, heavy, continuous traffic traveling back & forth to the drill site. The degradation to our infrastructure is on-oing from high truck traffic carrying heavy loads our roads & bridges can not support. In absence of a severance tax, it it most likely that tax payers will subsidize the residual effects of gas extraction. As fas as safe to the environment, I wouold point out that PA is the only state involed in “fracing” that has allowed its waterways to be used for chemically laced wastewater disposal!!! Air pollution from natural gas compressor stations may be invisible unless viewed with infrared lexes as insidious effects of asthma, & other respiratory ailments.

  3. Doranne Ceccarelli says:

    sorry about the typos: on-going, would, involved, lenses,etc

    As far as being patriotic, that remains to be seen as natral gas is a global commodity that will be sold to the highest bidder.

  4. missy says:

    well when the mcmansions start having water issues, fume issues, and all that comes with this new ‘boom in the economy’, well, perhaps then when their property values are lowered dramatically, then the people who think this is so fantastic will think twice about it. maybe….

  5. Mar Scellus says:

    You need natural gas, coal and oil to exist……if you survive on granola bars and heat your home with wood you can complain about drillen but until you do shut your trap, tree hugger

  6. Kathryn Klaber says:

    So basically you are saying: money is more important than the RISK of our health, the environment and polluting millions of gallons water. 1) Jobs: all come from Texas. 2) Economy: we don’t even tax the Texas companies. 3) National security: massive underground gas lines are a potential terrorist threat 4) Safe to the environment: what environmental problem could this possibly answer? 5) Energy independence: great! we will have gas for 20 years, then what? 6 REBUILD OUR STREETS, BRIDGES AND COMMUNITIES: they will have to rebuild their own destruction, and when they leave, communities have the potential to be ghost towns like many coal mining communities.

    You need to wake up. Don’t let greedy politicians and corporate CEO’s brainwash you with their propaganda.

  7. Dave says:

    You can’t fault someone for not wanting to be exposed to this operation. Peters is a quiet area with a lot of greenspace, so placing machinery on the land would truly take away from the area. Additionally, I wouldn’t want to hear the noise, see the flames nor experience any of the ‘affects’ I’ve been reading about. Peters is also a very affluent area, and the owners do not need the monetary gain that other communities seek. If they don’t want drilling, why would the companies insist on doing it? There are plenty of other areas in Washington County.

  8. Mayor of GBD says:

    Doranne, EVERY State with shale drilling is fracing. It is the ONLY way to get the millions of small deposits into one large “pool” to extract it. Please educate yourself before you type.

    Ask someone who really knows, not just what they think or heard!

    How can you ban someone from the right to extract the product they own from under thier own property?

    KK – and the information you spew is all factual? HAHAHAHAHA. I work in the industry and 90% of what you state is unproven. Plenty of new jobs in PA for those to monitor the flow, more pipelines to install & maintain by the LDCs, people to change the charts, empty the ecotanks, mow the grass, etc. So, your Texas statement is a farce. Taxes? Do we tax a farmer to milk his cows? Tax a mine to extract the coal? So, why the gas industry? Roadways and infrastructure are protected by bonds. Rub the sleep out of your eyes, becasue your dreaming!

    1. Jeeperz says:

      Why not tax the gas industry? Land owners have to pay taxes on their signing bonuses and their royalty checks every month.

      And yes, before you spout off about “educating yourself”, I am educated. I, like you, also work in the industry so please get off your high horse and let yourself be available to listening to other opinions.

      I hate the egos that come with this industry already. Are people expected to bow down because you come in saying youll save the state thanks to Marcellus? Try again, people are allowed to have an opinion. Just because it doesnt agree with yours, doesnt mean its wrong.

      I honestly dont have a problem with drilling. Just as long as they treat the landowner respectfully, pay their fair share and do it correctly.

  9. Mayor of GBD says:

    Doranne – infra red detects ONLY heat signature and has absolutley NOTHING to do with pollutants, gases, liquids, etc. What a loon. I’m around natural gas compressors and pipelines EVERY day for the last 30+ years with no ill effects….other than my ears bleeding listening to nut jobs like you. Cry me a river, we’re here to stay!

    1. Jeeperz says:

      Mayer…calling people you dont know names in a comment board, REALLY endears yourself to the public.

      1. Mayor of GBD says:

        call ’em like I see ’em

  10. Paul says:

    Not too long ago there were several well fires as result of the drilling operation in PA. There has also been the loss of life with gas explosions that have occurred. So don’t say there aren’t any ill effects. You know, the people aiding the 9/11 victims didn’t think there would be any ill effects either, and now, they are discovering that many of them are being diagnosed with cancer.

    1. Mayor of GBD says:

      I never said for everyone, I said myself personally. Accidents happen in evey wlak of live and people get hurt. Trust me, the industry does everything it can to be safe, but $hit happens.

      FYI – fires were a result of failure to ground (shunt) across the fittings before seperating, causing a statci spark and ignition.

      FYI – 90% of the natural gas explosions are a result of a third party damaging the NG operators facility, sometimes telling no one and filling inthe hole to later cause an incident. Feel free to look up the DOT repots on each of the accidents and rea dfor yourself.

  11. Mayor of GBD says:

    ANYONE who entered the area after 911 and didn’t think there would be ill effects for all the debris and contamination….was naive! NOt any different than ANY fire scene, just a much greater magnitude.

    1. Mayor of GBD says:

      Paul – EVERY firefighter is Haz Mat trained. They were well aware of the risks and made a choice. Now they have to live with it. FYI – I ran in and out of burning buildings, haz mat spills and vehicle rescues for 25 years, so I konw a little about the topic.If you aren’t sure, you stay out. I also deal with natural gas transmission and storage facilities for over 32 years, so I know something about them also. The residents rights? What about the property owner how owns the property and mineral rights and had the acreage to meet the permit requirements? What about THEIR rights?

  12. kippersun says:

    Everyone should wake up and stop the drilling in areas that are neighborhods, their is PLEANTY of land to do this drilling.KEEP THIS OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS!!!

    1. Mayor of GBD says:

      like farms, golf courses and cemetaries (the ones residing there won’t complain about the noise).

  13. Jimmy says:

    Is Stephine Watson leaving, and your stuck with Mrs Marty?

  14. Doranne Ceccarelli says:

    to the Mayor of GDB
    My comment about massive volumes of untreated toxic wastewater being dumped into our rivers & streams is correct. No other state where fracking occurs uses its waterways as the PRIMARY means for wastewater DISPOSAL!!!! This occurred because there were no provisions in place to deal with wastewater produced by hydrofracking.In fact, most other states where fracking occurs use deep well injection to deal with disposal.

    1. Mayor of GBD says:

      Really, untreated? Then WHY did the State direct them to dump it at Wastewater Treatment facilities? The local municipal authorities were licensed to accept this product. It isn’t the industries fault they were not compitent to handle it. So, all the blame lies with the State.

      FYI – they no longer take the waste, the drillers are trucking it to the next job site and recycling it, it a significant expense to themselves.

  15. Doranne Ceccarelli says:

    Face it Mayor. People have wised up to & are fed up with industry propaganda!

    Fracking turns fresh water into poison. It fills our air with smog, our roadways with 18 wheelers hauling hazardous materials & our food producing fields & pastures with pipelines & toxic pits.

    It is an industrial operation that has no place in residential neighborhoods..

  16. Mayor of GBD says:

    NO ONE is drilling on property zoned residential.

    Face it DC, the natural gas industry is here to stay. i don’t belive the garbage you spew. I know better, from first hand experience…unlike hearsay as you do. For everyone you come up with that isn’t happy, I’ll get 10 that are.

    FYI – please feel free to disconnect from the natural gas grid. By the way, that includes cutting off your electricity. many of the power plants and gas fired generators. All the coal fired plants have natural gas scrubbers to clean up the pollutants, so off with you lights.

    As for the hazards on the roadways, get a hazmat guide book (I can sell you one) and look up the plaquards on every truck you see and every rail car on the tracks. You’d be amazed what is right next to you and under your nose without your knowledge!

  17. Mayor of GBD says:

    One more note, ANY added cost to produce this product (drilling, permits, taxes, etc.) MUST BY LAW be passed on to the consumer. Read the PA PUC Gas Cost Rate Provisions. Every 90 days the utility must report the cost of gas to the PUC and adjust their rates up or down so as not to make a profit on this part of business or be over burdened. So, if you support a severance tax, extraction tax, whatever, be prepared for you gas bill to go up….and you electric bill too, becasue we will be charging the power plants more for the gas they use too. I defy ANYONE to argue this point.

    1. Jeeperz says:

      Thats true…once they enact the extraction tax, our bills will go up. But only because the gas companies will charge people in order to cover it because they wont have to. Thats no money out of their pockets, theyll “pass it along”.

      This kind of arrogance you show is exactly why I want you out.

      1. Mayor of GBD says:

        hahahaha, you support a tax that you know by law must be passed on to you. THAT is shear lunacy!

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