Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The statement comes after Cecil Township supervisors voted 3-2 to meet privately with the Southpointe-based Marcellus Shale company.
Cecil Supervisor Andy Schrader wanted it on the record: He has no problem meeting with Southpointe-based Marcellus Shale company Range Resources. But it has to be public. "I am totally against private meetings," Schrader said Monday. His statement, which was echoed in a letter to the editor in the Observer-Reporter newspaper, came after the township board of supervisors voted earlier this month to meet with the company privately. Supervisors Elizabeth Cowden, Frank Ludwin and Tom Casciola voted yes on the motion. Schrader and Supervisor Mike Debbis cast the dissenting vote. Cowden had suggested the meeting, saying she hoped it would bring more cooperation instead of litigation. Range has filed several lawsuits against the township in the …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The idea was approved Monday by a vote of 3-2.
Cecil Township supervisors on Monday voted to hold a private meeting with Southpointe-based Marcellus Shale company Range Resources. The vote was approved by a vote of 3-2. Supervisors Andy Schrader and Mike Debbis cast the dissenting votes. In the discussion leading up to the vote, Supervisor Elizabeth Cowden said she hoped such a meeting would lead to more cooperation instead of litigation. Range Resources and Cecil Township are in court over a Right to Know issue. The company has also joined with MarkWest to appeal a decision regarding a compressor station off Coleman Road. Cowden also cited a Burkes County court case in which a quorum of supervisors met privately on a fact-finding mission without breaking the Sunshine Law. Cowden also …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Township officials said they were largely left out of the loop when it came to the construction of a Marcellus Shale impoundment. But now, they fear it might be too late to have any say at all.
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 3:51 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. I spoke with Department of Environmental Protection spokesman John Poisture, who clarified comments he made to Canon-McMillan Patch last week. Range Resources has built an impoundment in Cecil Township that “has basically become a dumping ground”—and Supervisor Andy Schrader said the board didn’t know much about it until after the construction was already completed. “We didn’t know about it,” he said. “By the time I found out about it, it was too late.” That’s why supervisors sent a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection in November telling them about concerns over the site—especially in light of information that Range Resources is planning a …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The reorganization meeting was held this week.
The Cecil Township Board of Supervisors reorganized this week—with Supervisor Tom Casciola being voted in as the new chairman. Supervisor Andy Schrader will remain the vice chairman, and Manager Don Gennuso will remain the secretary/treasurer. Solicitor John Smith was also retained, although that motion passed 4-1, with Supervisor Elizabeth Cowden casting the dissenting vote. While the township will continue to retain the services of Gateway Engineers, the board may also seek to use another engineering firm for oil-and-gas related matters, Gennuso said. Meetings will stay the same, with supervisors meeting at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Range Resources officials and the Cecil Township Board of Supervisors met for a workshop Thursday—and both the company and township officials said they were happy with the outcome.
Range Resources spokesman Jim Cannon, flanked by three colleagues, told Cecil Township Board of Supervisors during a more than hour-long work session Thursday that “not so long ago” the Southpointe-based company and the municipality seemed to have a good working relationship. “Somewhere along the lines, things got haywire,” Cannon told the board, who all sat together at a table in front of a packed crowd in the township meeting room, where company officials later confirmed that the lack of drilling in the township had more to do with economics than any difficulties working with municipal officials. While “obvious issues” such as the township’s conditional-use ordinance and the outcome of the Act 13 challenge were still on the table, that’s…
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
One resident said she thought the Thursday workshop would 'get out of hand' if the public was permitted to participate.
Concern over whether or not the public would be able to ask questions during a workshop session slated for Thursday between Range Resources officials and the Cecil Township supervisors was expressed during the board’s monthly meeting Monday night. One resident spoke up during the public comment section of the meeting, asking what the basis of the meeting was and asking supervisors if the audience would be allowed to participate. Her concern was that if they were, the workshop would "probably get out of hand.” But board Chairman Mike Debbis said assured those in attendance that there would be no “screaming and yelling” at the workshop, and that supervisors would answer residents’ questions after Range's presentation. Debbis said that the …
Monday, August 20, 2012
The detour signs came down this past weekend, a township supervisor reported.
While some additional work still needs to be completed before the Reissing Road bridge replacement project is closed out, Cecil Township Supervisor Andy Schrader called to share the good news this past weekend: The throughway is now open to traffic. Schrader, a Reissing Road resident, noticed that the detour signs had been taken down Saturday. State Department of Transportation Safety Press Officer Jay Ofsanik confirmed last week that the project—which cost $1750,000—was expected to be all wrapped up by the end of August. He said the work is being completed by PennDOT's Washington County Maintenance force. The precast concrete box culvert bridge was assembled in seven sections, which were set using a 300 ton hydraulic truck crane, Schrader…
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Colin McKinney, 9, showed off his Taekwondo skills at Cecil Township's meeting Monday—when his 'world champion' title was recognized by supervisors.
Cecil Supervisor Andy Schrader said a quick Taekwondo demonstration performed Monday by 9-year-old Colin McKinney showed exactly why the youngster is ranked in the top 10 worldwide. "He did a great job," Schrader said. "We gave him a great response." The boy was presented with a certificate recognizing achievements in a recent martial arts competition during the Cecil Township Board of Supervisor's meeting Monday. McKinney, son of Lori and Harold McKinney, said the Hills-Hendersonville pupil—who will be in fourth-grade this upcoming school year—was recently invited to the American Taekwondo Association World Championships, where he was awarded a bronze medal in sparring. The competition, held in late June, took place in Little Rock, Ark., …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Township officials say Dawson Geophysical, which last week filed suit against the township on a separate issue, failed to comply with the community's local ordinance governing seismic testing activity on state roads.
Days after Dawson Geophysical sued Cecil regarding the use of township roads for seismic testing, municipal officials said the company has “willfully violated” a local ordinance governing recent work on two state roads. Township Manager Don Gennuso said Tuesday morning that citations were pending against the company because it failed to provide notice and information to the municipality, as well as maintain the proper distance from homes while “thumper” trucks roved Reissing Road and state Route 980 last week. In fact, it was Supervisor Andy Schrader that brought the alleged violations to Genusso’s attention when he noticed one of Dawson’s trucks drive past his Reissing Road home. Schrader said Tuesday that he personally witnessed Dawson …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Members from five different environmental agencies—as well as Cecil Supervisor Andy Schrader—spoke outside state Sen. Tim Solobay's Canonsburg office Thursday.
Protesters clutching umbrellas and signs chanted "Solobay sold us out!" outside the senator's Canonsburg office Thursday morning—protesting his "yes" vote on recent Marcellus Shale legislation. Cecil Supervisor Andy Schrader said that he and other local municipal officials had met for hours with Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, prior to the vote, and said none of the issues mentioned by the group were addressed. He said he was particularly concerned with the way H.B. 1950 strips away zoning control from the local level, and pointed to setbacks set forth in the legislation that calls for wells not to be drilled within 1,000 feet of "any exisiting water well, surface water intake, reservoir or other water supply exraction point without the …