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As a resident of Willowbrook Road in Allegheny Township, I was appalled to find that my township is allowing Marcellus drilling anywhere, anytime and in all zones of our township, including residential and agricultural areas.

How shocked I was to find out one such well was being prepared next door to my neighbors and me! When my neighbors and I confronted our township supervisors, we were treated with total disregard and disrespect.

We have been forced to hire an attorney and forced to file an appeal before Allegheny Township’s Zoning Hearing Board. All work on the well pad was to stop automatically when the appeal was filed, according to our lawyer.

But in spite of the appeal, CNX continues to build its well pad.

Where is the township in this entire charade? Is not the township, through its zoning officer, supposed to enforce the zoning law and the appeal placed before it? Obviously, neither the township nor CNX cares to abide by the law. When asked why they are sitting on their hands, township officials refuse to give a credible answer.

How long will the public put up with township officials who refuse to protect the public by refusing to enforce the law? Perhaps when the public hearing takes place next week, the township’s reason for its negligence will be revealed. But don’t count on it.

Dee Frederick

Allegheny Township

Editor’s note: Allegheny Township officials contend that an appeal does not require a work stoppage at this site.


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