Lingonier, PA Introduces Draft Fracking Zoning Ordinance

Residents of Lingonier, Pennsylvania spoke out against a draft zoning ordinance that would allow fracking to take place in the town’s agricultural zones. The ordinance and zoning map are under review by the town’s planning commission, whose members did not comment on the draft plan when it was introduced at a December 16 meeting, according to Trib Total Media.

Solicitor Michael Korns, who helped draft the ordinance, said that concerns from residents that the plan will encourage fracking are misplaced:  “Marcellus (shale) is allowed already,” Korns said. “We already have a Marcellus well in Ligonier Township. What keeps coming up is allowing this in the valley. It’s actually allowed already. What this is doing is actually restricting it in the majority of the township. That doesn’t mean anyone is going to approve this particular map, but currently you don’t have any restrictions on this.”

The town’s planning commission will meet next month to provide comments on the drafts, which are subject to change throughout the approval process, and will eventually vote on whether or not to recommend the ordinance and the map to supervisors.