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Range Resources Files Suit Over Cecil Ordinance

Township Manager Don Gennuso called the move 'unfortunate.'

Southpointe-based Range Resources has sued over its recently approved conditional-use ordinance governing Marcellus Shale drilling.

Township manager Don Gennuso said he had not yet been served with the paperwork but he confirmed Wednesday that the company had filed suit, claiming Cecil had not properly advertised its meetings, among other concerns.

"It's unfortunate that Range—a corporation in our town—would sue us, especially when we involved them in the process," he said.

After several public hearings, the board of supervisors last month changed its ordinance, making Marcellus Shale drilling a conditional rather than permitted use.

Gennuso said the supervisors stand by the ordinance because it "followed all applicable rules."

Range Resources Matt Pitzarella gave the following statement:

"It’s always our desire to work with municipalities and local governments. However, when going through the ordinance-adoption process a municipality is required to provide public notice of hearings and amendments or changes to the ordinance to both the public and also county planning agencies and Cecil did none of these things," he said. "They also did not share a copy with the county before adopting the changes, in turn preventing impacting residents, individuals or county officials from commenting. In the end, these are measures that will only add costs to local taxpayers, which is unfortunate. Other states like neighboring Ohio have strong baseline rules and regulations that are consistent across the state."

Judy Thadddeus October 27, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Braden, It is LEGAL for Range to draw water out of creeks. To prove something, saying "got it" doesn't work. Let me guess, Braden, high school drop out.
Melissa Kessler November 07, 2011 at 12:59 PM
I have a family member in Hickory who has done quite well with the fracking and drilling! They are 100% BEHIND THE INDUSTRY!! HIs property value has increased, he has made money from the gas companies on his property, and it was and is all done LEGALLY. Parker, do you really think these companies are not following the local laws? Please! And no, I do not work for the gas companies! I am a stay at home mom who happens to be behind this industry that creates so many jobs, it is an economic boom to our area, and straight up Capitalism is what this Country of ours needs a little more of these days to get us out of this mess! Since when is draining a creek(s) with permission, an environmental violation? Several studies have shown that fracking and drilling does NOT harm drinking water. In fact the tests prove quite the opposite!
Jet Chandler November 07, 2011 at 08:34 PM
Money has a tendency to blind people to harm they may be doing to others, so, just because some people profit doesn't prove anything. I think it was Lincoln who said, "your rights end at the tip of my nose." Meaning you have rights but your rights can't infringe on anyone else's rights. I am not against the Marcellus Industry but do understand that we need government and other 3rd party oversight to protect all. As far as all out unbridled capitalism goes - a good look back into the late 19th and early 20th century robber barons would prove that isn't good, either. Lassez Faire Capitalism has never worked and it's not the model we need to emulate here. A compressor station too close to a school or homes just isn't a good idea, imo. That's really what we're talking about here in Cecil, no? You people do realize that, right? Imo, it should be a conditional use because not all conditions are favorable to what the drilling industry wants to do. Pretty simple really. Had Range used more discretion in exactly where they wanted to locate this thing then conditional use may have never even come up.
Ileen Springer November 07, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Peters Township, Parker and Braedon please don't be fooled by these corporations POSING as individuals. I think their goal is to get people to react and participate in their games. St. Jude E Thaddeus whats up with the highschool drop out comment - what information is that helping to provide regarding your industry? Are you saying that is who you employ? I thought your ONLY CAUSE was YOUR PETERS TAXES...yet you are right here with bigrig. And I exit, singing Grant's posted song " What the FRACK is going on..with all this fracking going on..I think my water is on fire tonight...
Judy Thadddeus November 07, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Wow, that's all you have left? I'm a corporation? My history of posts would make that a tough sell but when you reach a point of desparation, I guess you have to give it a try.

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