The owners of the North Braddock, Pa., club have asked residents to sign over their gas and mineral rights, but are facing opposition from neighbors and will likely be hindered by zoning restrictions.
The owners of Grandview Golf Club in North Braddock, Pa., are considering adding a drilling rig to the fairway, searching for other sources of revenue, KDKA Pittsburgh reported.
Recently the owners have gone door-to-door on Weiler Street asking residents if they would consider signing over their gas and mineral rights. Resident James Cope told them no because he thinks the golf course isn’t conducive to drilling, KDKA reported.
“It’s a disaster waiting to happen and I don’t care how much they guarantee 100 percent, until something happens they can’t make that guarantee and then it’s too late,” Cope said.
The flyers don’t state a potential driller or when this might happen. Even so, some residents signed a letter of intent, KDKA reported.
“I’ll take whatever I can get,” resident Darby Dorothy said. “They’re going to pay me. I’m on a fixed income and it’ll help out.”
KDKA called course owner Bob Beam, who referred all questions to MPF management, a gas and oil leasing firm. MPF Management did not return KDKA’s phone calls.
North Braddock Mayor Thomas Whyel said he has not received a phone call regarding the matter. “Whoever’s the representative from that facility, regardless of what stages they’re in, should have consulted this particular council first,” he said.
The North Braddock Council is scheduled to vote on a new zoning ordinance next week, but both the new and the old ordinances would prohibit drilling on the course and a variance would be unlikely, KDKA reported.
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