The town of South Fayette is one of the many communities regulating gas drilling. The town is also being sued by Range Resources for its part in gas drilling.
Dominant drillers are calling the case an illegal ban on natural gas development across the Marcellus Shale region. But, residents are stating otherwise and demand that the drilling cease.
Range Resources has made it clear that there is a lot of money to be made in South Fayette, but the community won’t budge. When making the case to South Fayette, Range Resources said a theoretical development of eight drilling pads could access 240 billion cubic feet of gas in South Fayette alone. The reserves are estimated to be worth $1.2 billion.
The residents of South Fayette are fighting the drilling – viewing it as dangerous and invasive.
Anita Z. Cardillo, a commissioner candidate who’s lived in South Fayette for more than 20 years, said drilling made her take a look at local politics. “I think the real issue is individual freedom and private property rights,” she said.
Residents wish to protect their homes, children, and the extracurricular activities they enjoy without being “invaded upon” by wells and drills.
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