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Friday, June 3, 2011

Cresent Township, PA Is Bracing For Marcellus Shale Drillers

From MoonPatch.com

Crescent Township to Require Permits for Marcellus Shale Drilling

Commissioners also establish a permit fee for gas and oil drilling companies.
Correction: Board of Commissioners President Bill Cook was misidentified in the story as Commissioner Jerry Keller. The below story has been corrected. 
 Gas and oil drilling companies seeking to operate in Crescent Township must now apply for a permit.
The township's Board of Commissioners last night passed an amendment to its zoning ordinances that requires drilling companies to receive a permit from the township for gas drilling or exploration. Companies must also pay a fee when applying for the permit.
The ordinance is meant to address potential Marcellus shale drilling activity in the township. At its February meeting, the board voted to advertise the zoning change to the public.

Crescent Township Braces for Marcellus Shale Drilling

Township Board of Commissioners passes an ordinance requiring drilling companies to seek permit.
Crescent Township manager Patience Eckhardt said the township wants to be prepared for potential Marcellus shale drilling development.
She said it's only a matter of time before a company formally approaches the township about the form of natural gas extraction. One private property in the township has already been selected as a drilling site, she said.
"Nearly every community around us has been approached [by drilling companies]," Eckhardt said. "There's drilling in South Heights, Hopewell, pretty much all around us."
Crescent's Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance at its monthly meeting Tuesday night requiring drilling companies to seek a permit with the township before drilling. Eckhardt said the township currently has no such policy in place.
The ordinance will take effect in May.
"We want to take a proactive approach to Marcellus shale," Eckhardt said.

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