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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

fracking fight continues

According to the ordinance and map drafts, unconventional drilling would be a conditional use in the agricultural and industrial zoning districts. The majority of the township has been zoned agricultural in the proposed maps.
Korns and township manager Terry Carcella have repeatedly said the proposed ordinance provides more restriction on the industry because the former ordinance allowed drilling in all zoning districts, but Jack Milburn said, “That's a hollow argument.”
Residents also expressed frustration that the most updated versions of the ordinance and map had not yet been posted on the township's website.
Some suggestions posed by residents included splitting the drilling portion of the ordinance off to allow further review and adding natural resource protection overlays to more water sources.
A five-minute recess was called at 9 p.m. before the remaining speakers took to the podium.
The public will have another opportunity to be heard 6 p.m. March 26 at the high school auditorium during a public hearing on the ordinance and map.
Written input is still being accepted by the township.
The Westmoreland County Planning Division is in the process of reviewing the zoning ordinance.

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