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Free from fracking?

Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 10:35 am

Last week, on Monday December 11, the Westmoreland Board of Supervisors met and voted on the Westmoreland Comprehensive Plan and its amendments concerning the subject of oil and gas extraction in the county, passing measures aimed at hindering attempts to drill for oil and gas within Westmoreland County.

With the western half of the county sitting over part of the Taylorsville Basin, fracking has been a major issue here for the past several years. Concerns about its potential health and environmental impacts prompted a anti-fracking demonstration back in February ahead of a Board of Supervisors meeting that included public discussion on amendments to the Westmoreland County Comprehensive Plan, with many asking for an outright ban on the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, inside of Westmoreland County. Further discussion happened next month, once again with overwhelming community voices calling for it to be banned.

At the time, the Planning Commission gave the board two options. The first was to heavily restrict and regulate where the process could take place through zoning rules and licensing, while the second was an outright ban.

To read the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 12/20/17