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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Down the road (Washington Co.) experience with financial impacts

Sounds as thought lots of borough officials (managers, fire chiefs, etc.) down in Washington County are having serious second thoughts about that drilling...:

"With 63 wells, a cryogenic plant and gas meter station within its borders, Chartiers isn’t exactly turning a profit from the impact fee. The township decided to ramp up its emergency response measures after residents were evacuated twice in a seven-month span in 2014 due to a gas leak and fire at two natural gas facilities on Western Avenue. (Township manager) Noble said those accidents prompted officials to use impact fee funds to purchase three emergency generators to place inside the fire department, police department and emergency evacuation center, which will soon be located in the community center.  “A lot of what we’ve used our money for is really mitigating the impacts of the industry that we felt,” Noble said. [...]