Allegheny County Council en Allegheny County Council Votes To 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 Allegheny County Council Votes To Allow Fracking Under Deer Lakes Park Allegheny County Council To Vote On 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 Allegheny County Council Vote Set On 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 Drilling Opponent Wants Councilman To Withdraw From 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 County Council Hears Pro, Con Testimony On 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 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 Fitzgerald Faces Council, Activists Over Deer Lakes Gas Drilling Deal County Councilman Asks For $15 Million For August Wilson Center <p>Allegheny County Councilman Bill Robinson (D-Hill District) is asking for $10 million to $15 million in capital funds from the city and county to bail out the <a href="">financially strapped August Wilson Center for African American Culture</a>.</p><p>About $7 million would be used to pay off the center’s unpaid bills, including its mortgage, and keep the facility, which is facing liquidation. The legislation was introduced in County Council by Robinson who did not respond to a request for comment for this story.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:29:23 +0000 Michael Lynch 24775 at Democrats Hold Onto Control of Allegheny County Council <p>The voters of Allegheny County are sending three new members to County Council, while four incumbents were able to hold onto their seats on Election Day, leaving the body with 10 Democrats and five Republicans.</p><p>Republican Tom Baker won the District 1 Council seat over Democrat Daniel A. McClain Jr. and Constitution Party candidate Jim Barr, taking 50 percent of the vote. Current District 1 Councilman Matt Drozd was defeated by Baker in a primary fight.</p><p>After giving his victory speech around 10 p.m., Baker said he was “elated” over the win.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 05:11:42 +0000 Haldan Kirsch & Tim Camerato 19348 at County Councilmember Calls On Fitzgerald To 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 Fitzgerald Releases 2014 Budget Proposal for Allegheny County <p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented his 2014 budget to the County Council Tuesday evening.</p><p>Fitzgerald was visibly proud of the fact that Allegheny County will not be increasing property taxes in the county for the 12<sup>th</sup> time in 13 years.</p><p>He said the stabilized millage has contributed to the region&rsquo;s success over the past few years.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:52:24 +0000 Liz Reid 17851 at Ferlo Calls for Fracking Moratorium in PA <p>When lawmakers return to Harrisburg next week they will be faced with a new proposal to put a moratorium on new permits for hydraulic fracturing.&nbsp;</p><p>State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) announced that he is introducing legislation during a news conference at the Allegheny County Courthouse Wednesday.</p><p>Senate Bill 1100 would also create a commission to analyze the agricultural, economic, environmental and social effects of Marcellus Shale drilling.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:41:24 +0000 Tim Camerato 16753 at Group to Urge County Council to Reject Fracking Proposals for Allegheny County Parks <p></p><p>Nothing has been decided yet, but Allegheny County Council is considering an offer to develop natural gas found under Deer Lakes Park.</p><p>A new group made up of several grass roots organizations is planning to urge the group to say “no.” Members of Protect Our Parks will deliver their message at Tuesday’s County Council meeting.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:52:42 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15094 at City Council Update with Noah Brode <p style="margin:0px;padding:0px"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Happy Monday! 90.5 WESA reporter, Noah Brode gives us our weekly update on Pittsburgh City Council.&nbsp; More in the ongoing discussions of <a href="">police fees</a> for secondary detail work, funding for <a href="http://">new police vehicles</a>, and healthcare eligibility for dependents of city employees have all been major topics of discussion.&nbsp; Noah also gives us reaction to County Council's decision last week to allow only lawyers to represent citizens in property reassessment appeals cases. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:44:51 +0000 Heather McClain 7461 at City Council Update with Noah Brode Allegheny Co. Council Reverses Review Board's Changes to Property Assessment Appeals <p>The Allegheny County Council voted on Tuesday night to nix a few controversial changes that a county governing board had made to the property assessment appeals process.</p><p>The Board of Property Assessment and Review (BPAR) had changed its regulations in mid-March to allow only attorneys to represent property owners appealing reassessments, rather than certified appraisers, realtors and other professionals.</p><p>Real estate professionals came out in force Tuesday to denounce the BPAR revisions.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:34:07 +0000 Noah Brode 7209 at County OK's Drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport <p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:25:09 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 1255 at County OK's Drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport