Regarding "County Pursues Coal Mining Under South Park" (Sept. 25): The article in the Post Gazette doesn't reflect what happened at our Friends of South Park meeting on Aug. 21. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald presented the possibility of taking coal from the Oval while the county is working on the Oval. This was presented to a small group of Friends -- about 30 were in attendance -- and not the community.
The word "community" in the article indicates some sort of huge public meeting. Based on the presentation of the county executive and county Councilman John Palmiere, we as a group of Friends voted that it would be wise to explore possibilities. Nineteen Friends voted by a show of hands. This resulted in 15 yes and 4 no to pursue a request for proposal. Then seven members of the Council of Friends -- who are appointed by county council to provide input about the park -- voted yes that the county should put out an RFP. All we did was say, get the request for proposal and find out what's there, how much is there and what are the risks and rewards. We did not give our blessings to mine coal, as the article implies.
Please make it clear that we only voted to do an RFP and not mine in the Oval.
Council of Friends of South Park, the County Park