Community groups have been trying to spread the word about gas leases in residential neighborhoods—specifically, at local country clubs and golf courses.
Community groups in Pittsburgh, Pa.’s South Hills have been organizing in opposition to Marcellus Shale gas well drilling operations and trying to spread the word about gas leases in residential neighborhoods—specifically, at local country clubs and golf courses, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Earlier this month, two of the groups, South Hills Area Against Dangerous Drilling, or SHAADD, and a citizen’s group in Jefferson Hills, took their case directly to the people attending the South Park Community Day at the South Park Fairgrounds.
Formed in Whitehall in May in response to that community’s decision to develop a gas well drilling ordinance, SHAADD now boasts about 60 members from several South Hills towns, with more signing on every week.
The primary target of the group has been the South Hills Country Club, and a gas well lease that the club’s leaders signed three years ago.
Last month, SHAADD members sent a letter to the country club, expressing concern and demanding to know where on the 126-acre property drilling would take place and details of a 2008 lease agreement with Chesapeake Appalachia.
There are other clubs with gas leases, reports the Gazette, including Green Oaks Country Club in Penn Hills; Hickory Heights Golfer’s Club in South Fayette; Chartiers Country Club in Robinson; Highland Country Club in Ross; Rolling Hills Country Club in Peters, Washington County; and Oakmont Country Club in Plum, where drilling has already taken place.
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