By ERIC SLAGLE
Daily News Staff Writer
A Marcellus Shale gas drilling project could be coming to
Township Supervisor Tom Headley
announced Thursday that EQT Production Co. has applied to the state
Department of Environmental Protection for a permit to drill and operate
multiple gas wells on a property off Williamsport Road that is owned by
Headley said there are already shallow gas drilling operations in the
township but this would be the first
Marcellus Shale project.
There is concern the project will impact local roads due to the heavy
equipment and truckloads of sand and water necessary to drill in the
Marcellus Shale layer, Headley said.
He said the township is in the process
of crafting a local ordinance to regulate drilling, expected to be
completed in several months.
Headley said the local ordinance likely will require drillers to get
conditional use permits
calling for the installation of noise reduction, fencing and road
improvements when projects are undertaken.
The proposed area for the project is between Williamsport, Pangburn
Hollow and Saddler’s Hollow roads and the Monongahela River.
In other business at Thursday’s meeting, Supervisor Dave Magiske said
the amount of money the township is
getting from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as reimbursement
for heavy snow storms in February could be “increased significantly.”
Magiske couldn’t say how much more the township
might receive in addition to the $48,750 it initially expected. The
extra funds would be coming from an reimbursement for snow debris clean
up costs, for which the municipality had to pay out of its budget.
Supervisors took action to approve an agreement to allow
township police to detain prisoners in
a cell at the Monongahela police station.
Forward Township police lack such a
facility. Currently, when township
officers apprehend a suspect they must stay with them at the police
station. The township will pay
Monongahela $10 per hour for detaining suspects.