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June 3, 2014

Opponents of fracking should attend meeting

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

On May 21, some concerned citizens and I attended the Mahoning Township supervisors meeting.

The main topic of discussion was the granting of permits to Hilcorp Energy to establish a new well pad and a compressor station in the township.

Everyone who spoke argued against the granting of the permit. One resident stated that Mahoning Township is zoned for residential and conservation purposes and that the permit would allow industrial use of the township’s land in violation of the township’s zoning ordinance. Compressor stations spew noxious and toxic chemical fumes into the air.

One supervisor brought up the fact that 90 percent of the township’s residents have signed leases to allow fracking on their property. He stated that the supervisors must do what the residents want.

There will be another supervisors meeting June 10 to decide on the granting of permits to Hilcorp for the new well pad and the compressor station. If people have signed leases because they truly believe that the fracking process is completely safe, and that the benefits outweigh the risks and the known dangers, there is probably no need for them to attend this meeting The supervisors have already heard their voices.

If people have signed because they believe they were misled and pressured, or if they have learned much more about fracking and are now opposed to it, they need to attend this meeting at 7 p.m. to let the supervisors know that they are not part of that 90 percent who want the well pad and compressor station.

It may be difficult for some to admit that they have made a mistake in signing a lease, but the bigger mistake would be not to let the township supervisors know that they are opposed to the Hilcorp invasion.

Pauline Beck

Hoopenhobe Lane

West Middlesex

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