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Pa. municipality rejects park drilling proposal

May 8, 2014
Associated Press

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania municipality has rejected a proposal to allow gas drilling under a community park.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) reports that the Murrysville Council on Wednesday voted down a measure to solicit bids for Marcellus shale gas rights under Murrysville Community Park.

About 15 residents applauded when council president Joan Kerns said Murrysville would instead focus on updating the Westmoreland County municipality's drilling ordinance.

Monroeville-based Huntley & Huntley had submitted a lease offer to the municipality earlier this year, prompting officials to consider soliciting bids for the gas rights to the 262-acre park.

If the proposal had been approved, residents could have sought a referendum on the matter on the November ballot.

Officials in neighboring Allegheny County earlier in the day approved drilling under a Pittsburgh-area park.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,



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