Contact lapses between East Deer, drillers |

Contact lapses between East Deer, drillers

East Deer commissioners said Thursday night they have not been contacted by representatives of the Marcellus shale drilling site in neighboring Frazer in about three weeks.

Plans to pipe 4.2 million gallons of water from the Allegheny River through East Deer along Crawford Run to the drilling site off Yutes Run Road in Frazer haven’t materialized.

Range Resources, the company that is drilling at many Marcellus well sites, needs water for a fracturing, or “fracking,” procedure to drill a test well by Dec. 31. Logistics that would have to be worked out, such as acquiring rights of way from the river to the drilling site, make plans to lay a temporary pipe through the township before the end of the year unlikely.

Township officials planned to ask the drillers to build a boat launching ramp into the river as a condition of going through township property.

In other business:

• Commissioners started preliminary work on next year’s budget on Thursday.

This year’s budget might have a shortfall of about $12,000 due to anticipated tax revenue from the bankrupt Pitt-Penn Oil Co. going unpaid. That’s a little less than 2 percent of real estate tax revenue budgeted.

Pitt-Penn will soon owe three years in back taxes.

• The final bills for completed summer projects are expected to be approved on Tuesday.

About $49,000 due for five demolished buildings is among the items to be paid. Money for the demolitions was paid by the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Project with no township money required.

Other finished projects include the manhole rehabilitation project, the new fence in the community park and paving Crystal View Drive, along with Kellar and Edna alleys.

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