Plum Borough residents want Fracking restricted from Rural Residential Zones.
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Citizens 4 Plum is a citizen’s group working to ensure that unconventional gas development does not negatively impact the safety, and quality of life for people in Plum Borough.
The following is a petition to the Councilmen of Plum Borough respectfully requesting that council discard the Conventional Use of Oil and Gas Compressor Station, Oil and Gas Processing Plant, and Oil and Gas Well/Pad aka unconventional gas drilling or fracking within the Rural Residential Zone. High-volume hydraulic fracturing is known to be a heavy industrial process, in fact it is defined as such in the applications that were submitted to Plum Borough by Huntley and Huntley Energy Exploration LLC. Unconventional gas drilling within the Rural Residential zone is an impermissible use of the Borough’s zoning power. It’s also an irrational scheme that allows a single type of industrial use in an otherwise non-industrial zone. Unconventional gas drilling will convert most of the Rural Residential zone into an industrial zone which upends the investment-backed expectations of the people who live and moved into Plum Borough. Unconventional gas drilling within the Rural Residential zone violates citizens constitutional rights under Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution because it fails to ensure that citizens will not suffer harm to their constitutionally protected interests.
What we’re asking council to do is to simply protect our constitutional rights by NOT allowing this one industry to perform a heavy industrial process outside of an industrial zone. We are aware that the borough must allow for the reasonable development of natural gas. We hear you when you say that you cannot control HOW the industry conducts business, only WHERE. We are asking you to control where, we’re not asking you to change any language in the performance standards, which the industry has commented are arbitrary. We as a community recognize that any protection to our constitutional and environmental rights is a step in the right direction.
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