Fort Cherry School
Campus - How close is too close? No tests have been completed to determine what a "safe" distance is. Flaring is occuring ~2,500 ft. from the Fort Cherry Campus. How close would drilling occur from the South Fayette Campus?
Please use the links below to let your state representative know exactly how you feel about frac trucks rolling down our South Fayette roads and watching wells flare outside your kitchen window. Just to make you aware it looks like our state government official may be beginning to listen to us. The only proof I have of that is that they were unable to vote to preempt our local zoning power before their holiday break. They may very well vote to preempt our local rights do in January unless this time is used to ensure they know how their constituents feel. That means you.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.
A Call To Action By The Friends Of South Fayette: Tell Your State Representative To Vote No On HB 1950!
Our fundamental freedoms and rights that we, as a nation, who have fought so hard for in order to make the United States of America what it is today, are on the verge of being lost and our right to self govern.
The natural gas industry in conjunction with our legislators in Harrisburg may in fact usurp our rights to govern ourselves if we, the citizens allow it. Now is the time to speak out Pennsylvania because once this law is passed local government will no longer have control of the future of each of our townships, municipalities and cities. Some drilling industry plans call for over 100,000 Marcellus wells in Pennsylvania. If we, the people, want to have any local voice as to how far those wells are placed from our homes and schools and have an impact on how the drilling industry conducts themselves in our communities, you must act now...Read More
Tues. Dec. 13 - 8 PM- Town Hall meeting for ALL municipal officials in Western PA.
Focus: HB1950 and SB1100, which, if passed, will preempt the ability of every local municipality to regulate their own zoning and land use, specifically around the oil and gas industry. This legislation sets a dangerous precedent, placing Harrisburg in direct control over decisions that belong to boroughs and townships. This meeting may be the only opportunity for municipalities to make a statement not only about drilling zoning, but also about your intention to retain local control over local decisions, period.
Tues. Dec. 13 - 8 PM
Greentree Borough Municipal Building
10 West Manilla Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Please RSVP by December 9th to: Richard A. Ward
Robinson Township, Washington County
Ph: 724-926-8700 / Fax: 724-926-0108 firstname.lastname@example.org
12.4.2011 - Noon - Jesse White's 6th Annual Black & Gold Bash - Pepsi Cola Roadhouse
Burgettstown, Pa - $20 includes a buffet dinner and free pop and beer. - Kids are free. See the Steelers play the Bengals at 1p.
The first 15 people that email us via our contact page will receive a free pair of ticket - compliments of FoSF
11.17.2011 - The following is an email that was sent to Senators Pippy,Murphy and Congressman White asking their positions on SB 1100 and HB 1150 respectively. See responses below-
Messrs Pippy, Kotik and White,
I have one question and would appreciate a simple “yes” or “no” response.
Have you already, or do you plan to vote in the affirmative for any state legislation that removes or in any way hinders Marcellus related local zoning authority or control by Municipality/Township governments of Pennsylvania thereby adding or accreting that authority or control to the state governmental level?
I have been very clear in past face to face and written communications with each of you and your respective offices that that a vocal, voting majority of your constituents living in South Fayette do not want Marcellus drilling within our communities. You are aware we fought hard for a local zoning ordinance that protects our families and home values and defines the future of South Fayette. You are aware the community recently elected a bipartisan team of two republican and two democrat Commissioner candidates who ran with opposition to Marcellus drilling in our communities as a central plank of their Team campaign platform. To circumvent our efforts to legally protect ourselves and to self govern is not what we expect of our state government representatives.
Allowing local zoning controls to cede to the state government flies in the face of our constitutional rights for self government and you are weighing that against the wants and will of one industry? This action you are contemplating is unprecedented in our state political history. You are on uncharted waters legally and politically. We in South Fayette are watching and have good memories.
Please be aware I blind copy as usual my list of over 450 concerned citizens of South Fayette and will pass your response to my single question above back to that list when received. To be clear, I do not wish to receive another form email from the staff explaining the history of Marcellus drilling, simply a yes/no will suffice.
I actually had two amendments to HB 1950 which would have eliminated the municipal preemption language and strengthened local control, and the Republican majority knew they would have passed, so they used a parliamentary tactic of "moving the previous question" to cut off debate and block my amendments from even being considered, which was a straight party-line vote. The tactic is often considered a "nuclear option", but seeing as how a group of natural gas company executives were sitting in the House gallery keeping score, it's not hard to see why they did what they did.
HB 1950 is up for final passage tomorrow, and I will be an absolute "NO" vote.
I also was interviewed by a reporter with the New York Times about this issue today, and I made it a point to discuss our issues in South Fayette Township.
Please feel free to circulate this response to your list, and I would add that anyone interested in this topic should befriend me on Facebook, as I post regular updates about these votes in real-time. The address is: https://www.facebook.com/jessewhite46
As always, let me know if there is anything I can do.
State Representative, 46th District
I have been steadfast in my opposition to Governor Corbett and his House Republican allies in vote after vote today on the House floor. Tomorrow, final passage of HB 1950 is scheduled and I will continue to stand up and be counted for the best Interests of South Fayette
Rep Nick Kotik
Nov 8, 2011 - CONGRATULATIONS TO DERON GABRIEL, JOE HOROWITZ, LISA MALOSH AND TODD MILLER - OUR NEW SF TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONERS
October 12, 2011 - 7P - Middle School Auditorium - Range Resources Suit
As you may or may not know, the Residents of South Fayette, are facing suit by Range Resources, LLC, a Fort Worth, Texas Company. Step one in the suit against South Fayette is a Zone Board Hearing on 10.12.2011. Two of the South Fayette Zoning Board members, John Alan Kosky and Fred Cardillo, are drilling lease holders who have leases through Great Lakes Energy Partners, a wholly owned subsidiary of Range Resources.
Please attend the Zoning Board Hearing on 10.12.2011 and support South Fayette Township.
August 16, 2011 - Range Resources files suit against SF
A major Marcellus shale drilling company is challenging South Fayette Township's
ordinance to regulate oil and gas well development.
Range Resources-Appalachia filed the notice challenging the validity of the ordinance
given final approval last month by the township.
The ordinance requires drillers to obtain a land operations permit for each well, and
creates buffers around schools, hospitals and certain types of businesses.
Range Resources contends the ordinance is illegal because it says a state law that
regulates drilling pre-empts and supersedes it.
As such, Range Resources says it is being "deprived of its legal right to develop its oil
and natural gas property interests" on about 4,000 acres it has leased in the township.
The township's manager did not immediately return a call and e-mail for comment.
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