Protect Penn-Trafford is a citizen's group working to ensure the safety, security, and quality of life from the effects of unconventional gas development in Penn-Trafford and surrounding communities in Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties.
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March 23, 2016
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At Monday's Penn Township Commissioners Meeting, residents spoke about the zoning changes proposed in Penn Township. A total of 43 people attended this meeting and 18 spoke in opposition to the draft ordinance currently in the process of being finalized by the township. The first point of particular contention with those who spoke was the zoning change of rural land off of Walton Road (across from the Walton Crossings housing plan) to Industrial Commerce (IC) which would allow for compressor stations and other gas related infrastructure as special exception uses on this land along with other heavy industrial uses. Secondly, residents spoke about the harmful health effects of fracking, a new study just released regarding these health issues and the potential impact on our children, air, and water.
Township Manager Alex Graziani asked the solicitor to explain the process of what would come next for the ordinance. He said at the April 5th Planning & Zoning meeting the commission would most likely review the completed draft. Next the draft would go to the commissioners for a 45 day comment period and then on to the county for review. After the county 45 day review they would schedule a public hearing. Mr. Graziani also asked how commissioners that want to comment or make changes would go about doing so before the 45 day period. The solicitor said that commissioners and township residents should email the Planning & Zoning Commission.
Below are links for your commissioners and the planning & zoning commission. All you have to do is click on these links, we started it for you, feel free to personalize it with how you feel about their draft ordinance and insist that they should do everything in their power to change it now before it goes to the county.