Draftina Well Pad application for Special Exception use for unconventional hydraulic fracturing, the second of two proposed pads located off Dutch Hollow Road, was denied last night by the Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board.
You may recall last month the ZHB also denied the first application from Apex Energy for the Beattie Well Pad. Both pad locations are on Dutch Hollow Road and residents in the surrounding communities were very concerned about their private well water, truck traffic on already crumbling Dutch Hollow Road, noise, light, and pollution to local watersheds.
Protect PT would like to thank the Penn Township Zoning Hearing Board for respecting the environmental protection provisions of the constitution as well as the township’s ordinance. "Local governments have to know what a proposed activity’s risk will be to local residents and natural resources before it makes a decision to authorize that activity. Here, the Board came to the reasonable conclusion that it was not provided enough information about risk and so was unable to make the kind of well informed decision it is constitutionally obliged to make", said Oday Salim, an attorney with Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services who represented Protect PT in the hearing.
We would also like to thank the residents of Dutch Hollow because Protect PT is a community organization and without community participation we would not exist. It was a pleasure working with the people of this community to protect our natural resources, homes, and children.
In the Conclusions of Law, the Zoning Hearing Board states, "The Applicant has failed to adequately demonstrate that the proposed unconventional well operation at the Draftina Pad site will not violate the rights of Township citizens to clean air and water as required by requirements of Article VI, § 190-641(D)(9) of the Ordinance and Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution as the Board received limited evidence of the environmental impacts of the normal operations of the project from initiation through completion and operation of the producing well sites."