Deer Lakes Park drilling plan approved by Allegheny County Council, 9-5

May 7, 2014

Allegheny County Council voted 9-5 early this morning to allow non-surface natural gas drilling beneath the county-owned Deer Lakes Park.

After much debate and hours of public comment, members of council gave county Executive Rich Fitzgerald the votes he needed to pass a plan allowing the county to enter into what Mr. Fitzgerald has called the "most comprehensive nonsurface" gas lease in Pennsylvania.

The approved ordinance leases the county's oil and gas rights beneath the 1,180-acre park in West Deer and Frazer to driller Range Resources.

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