Protect PT's Appeal Making News

May 24, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20th you may have noticed an update on the Quest Well Pad from the front page of the Penn-Franklin News.  Georgia Boring reports that Penn Township will only allow drilling on the Apex site to proceed when the current legal appeal is resolved.

The approval came with conditions. "Perhaps the most important is the one that stipulates they must show evidence of compliance with the township's zoning code before they can proceed. This includes the expiration of any and all appeal periods related to the zoning hearing board decision handed down April 14. 


In other words, the appeal currently in court must first be resolved."

"In addressing the issue prior to the vote, Leslie Mlakar, township solicitor, said issuance of a permit is not considered complicance as long as it is under appeal. 'The commissioners can set reasonable requirements and this is a reasonable requirement,' Mlakar stated."

'If you allow them (Apex) to proceed and the appeal is pending, they could have a well drilled and producing before the appeal is decided,' said Mlakar.

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Residents who live near the Quest Well Pad


PublicSource​ is an independent investigative news outlet located in Pittsburgh has been in touch with Protect PT to find out if there are residents interested in their Air Sensor Project.

 Public Source has received a $15,000 grant to equip people living near shale gas operations with air monitoring devices and cameras to show how drilling, fracking and other gas extraction activities affect air quality and daily life. As a journalism outlet, we want to tell your story and use the data we collect to show what’s in the air you’re breathing. We are in the process of structuring the project and are currently talking to air quality and public health experts about how best to design it. We’re hoping to begin monitoring around shale sites within a month. We’re currently looking for communities interested in participating. 

To learn more about our air sensors project, please contact our energy and environmental reporter Natasha Khan at 412-315-0261 or ​​. 



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