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What do you personally hold near and dear? Where are we going with the rush to drill where drilling really shouldn't occur?

Pennsylvania, with its rolling hills, flora and fauna, is one of the most beautiful states of the 50, that is, of course, until you have a heavy industry move into the area. Allegheny County Councilwoman Barbara Daly Danko has proposed an ordinance calling for a mere three-year moratorium on drilling under county parks, including Deer Lakes. Anyone who is "up" on Marcellus gas drilling knows there isn't any need to rush to capture the gas located there or anywhere within the state. It's been there for millions of years, so what is a mere three-year moratorium?

Natural gas prices are currently low due to oversupply and companies are walking away from already leased ground for that very reason. Once the drilling begins with the accompanying noise, traffic, air pollution and loss of ground usage due to underground pipelines, there's no going back.

Give it some honest thought, please, government reform committee, and have open meetings to get the views of many. I imagine those living in other areas within our state who have been severely affected by the industry wish they had someone who would have provided a moratorium for them.

MARIAN SZMYD
Jeannette


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