Deer Lakes Park http://wesa.fm en Fracking Under Deer Lakes Park Is A Go, So What Happens Next? http://wesa.fm/post/fracking-under-deer-lakes-park-go-so-what-happens-next <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald has signed an ordinance allowing hydraulic fracturing to occur underneath Deer Lakes Park.</span></p><p>Matt Pitzarella, spokesman for <a href="http://www.rangeresources.com/">Range Resources</a>, the company tasked with the drilling, said lawyers from the county and Range are still working out some technical details of the lease, but that it will be finalized soon.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 20:05:28 +0000 Liz Reid 29088 at http://wesa.fm Fracking Under Deer Lakes Park Is A Go, So What Happens Next? Allegheny County Council Votes To Allow Fracking Under Deer Lakes Park http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-council-votes-allow-fracking-under-deer-lakes-park <p>In a heated meeting that lasted more than seven hours and included more than four hours of public comment, members of Allegheny County Council early Wednesday morning approved a lease agreement to drill for natural gas underneath Deer Lakes Park.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:49:57 +0000 Liz Reid 28810 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Council Votes To Allow Fracking Under Deer Lakes Park Allegheny County Council To Vote On Deer Lakes Fracking Tuesday http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-council-vote-deer-lakes-fracking-tuesday <p>Allegheny County Council is set to vote Tuesday on whether to drill for natural gas underneath Deer Lakes Park.</p><p>The controversial resolution would allow Range Resources, in cooperation with Huntley &amp; Huntley, to perform hydraulic fracturing under the park, provided that no drilling activities actually occur within the park.</p><p>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said if the resolution passes, the county will receive around $7.7 million up front and an ongoing 18 percent royalty on the value of gas extracted.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 23:02:39 +0000 Liz Reid 28738 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Council Vote Set On Deer Lakes Park Drilling Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-council-vote-set-deer-lakes-park-drilling-proposal <p>Allegheny County Council's Parks Committee has voted 4-1 to have the full council vote next week on a proposal to drill for natural gas under a Pittsburgh-area park.<br /><br />Wednesday's vote means the 15-member body will vote next Tuesday on a proposal to Range Resources and Huntley &amp; Huntley to drill beneath 1,180-acre Deer Lakes Park from well sites on neighboring private properties.<br /> Thu, 01 May 2014 14:39:55 +0000 The Associated Press 28515 at http://wesa.fm Drilling Opponent Wants Councilman To Withdraw From Deer Lakes Lease Proposal http://wesa.fm/post/drilling-opponent-wants-councilman-withdraw-deer-lakes-lease-proposal <p>One Etna resident thinks Allegheny County Councilman Nicholas Futules (D-Oakmont) should not be a part of the discussion about fracking under Deer Lakes Park.</p><p>Tim Ludwig, a Protect Our Parks member, has filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission.</p><p>He wants the Commission to force Futules to recuse himself from discussing or voting on the proposed extraction of natural gas underneath the 1,180-acre park.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:06:21 +0000 Jessica Nath 28133 at http://wesa.fm County Council Hears Pro, Con Testimony On Parks Drilling http://wesa.fm/post/county-council-hears-pro-con-testimony-parks-drilling <p>Members of the Allegheny County Council heard testimony for and against a proposal to drill for natural gas under a Pittsburgh-area park.<br /><br />The council is considering a proposal to allow Range Resources and Huntley &amp; Huntley to drill beneath 1,180-acre Deer Lakes Park from well sites on neighboring properties.<br /><br />Officials say the plan would mean millions of dollars for the county and a park improvement fund.<br /> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:32:25 +0000 The Associated Press 28047 at http://wesa.fm Fitzgerald Faces Council, Activists Over Deer Lakes Gas Drilling Deal http://wesa.fm/post/fitzgerald-faces-council-activists-over-deer-lakes-gas-drilling-deal <p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald delivered his quarterly state of the county address Tuesday night and had plenty of praise for county departments.</p><p>Fitzgerald acknowledged public works for its handling of the roughest winter weather in recent memory, the health department for its successful efforts to improve air quality in the county and the medical examiner’s Office for a recent national award it received for ballistics work.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:48:48 +0000 Liz Reid 26092 at http://wesa.fm Fitzgerald Faces Council, Activists Over Deer Lakes Gas Drilling Deal Allegheny County Outlines Deal to Drill Under Deer Lakes Park http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-outlines-deal-drill-under-deer-lakes-park <p>Allegheny County Council is set to consider a lucrative deal to allow Range Resources to drill for natural gas beneath a Pittsburgh-area park, from well sites on neighboring private properties.<br /><br />County Executive Rich Fitzgerald outlined the deal at a news conference Monday, saying it includes a $4.7 million bonus, a $3 million donation to a park improvement fund, and 18 percent royalties that are estimated to generate $3 million a year.<br /> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:29:59 +0000 The Associated Press 26055 at http://wesa.fm County Councilmember Calls On Fitzgerald To Release Fracking Proposals http://wesa.fm/post/county-councilmember-calls-fitzgerald-release-fracking-proposals <p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and County Councilman Bill Robinson (D-Hill District) are butting heads over access to proposals from energy companies to drill underneath Deer Lakes Park.</p><p>Robinson sent a letter to Fitzgerald asking that he make proposals submitted to the county last week public. Fitzgerald believes negotiations need to be conducted privately, and opening the discussion to the 15-member council could muddle the project’s success.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:15:17 +0000 Michael Lynch 19131 at http://wesa.fm