Last week we found out that Apex Energy filed a federal lawsuit against Penn Township in addition to an additional land use appeal for the ZHB denial of the Draftina Well Pad.
According to an article by Joe Napsha of the Trib:
"Apex claims in the federal suit that the township violated its property rights and that it should be granted a variance to drill the two additional wells, as well as its pending applications to drill five more.
Apex wants a federal judge to declare the pending zoning ordinance invalid. According to the suit, the proposal discriminates against oil and gas operations because that's the only industry on which the township imposes vague “performance standards” and overly severe environmental restrictions."
In response to the first land use appeal filed, Protect PT stated in a press release,
“The Zoning Hearing Board accurately performed their duty by following the law and coming to the reasonable conclusion that Apex had not adequately assessed the risks of its proposed activity to the surrounding community and environment. We, as a community organization, decided to invest our resources to show the Board how inadequate the environmental risk modeling portion of the Beattie application was and the Board accordingly denied the application. The Board worked very hard to ensure they made the correct decision and we will invest our resources again to ensure the Board’s decision is upheld by the county court.”, said Gillian Graber, President of Protect PT.
“Apex told township officials that residents living near the Quest Central pad would not even know they were doing business there. Living near Quest left my husband and I dealing with noise, light and other environmental disturbances that caused disruption to our usually serene community. I am thrilled with the Zoning Hearing Board decision for the Beattie site and happy the residents of Dutch Hollow will not have to endure the same agony we had to go through with the Quest Central pad.” said Tracey Mason, a resident of Penn Township.
Our position remains unchanged! Protect PT will continue working to ensure there are protections for the residents of Penn Township and the neighboring communities in order to make the community a safer, healthier place to live.
However, it is more important than ever for residents to show up at local meetings and tell our board of commissioners that the people of this community will not accept a violation of our rights. We will continue to urge them to deny land development permits (on the agenda for Monday) and to Say No to the MEO!
Call To Action!
Any and all residents opposed to unconventional natural gas development in our community, must show up for the Monday, June 20th meeting.
Let your elected officials know that the ZHB made the right decision. They are currently facing a rough road ahead and no matter the decisions made in the past, if they consider the health, safety, and welfare of their community as paramount importance, they will have the support of their entire community.
This it about the future of our town, our schools, our playgrounds, parks, and our homes!