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Proposed Natural Gas Drilling Land Use Controls – Feb. 14th 2011 Newsletter


The Lycoming County Planning Commission staff began the work of updating the county’s zoning ordinance laws (specifically as they apply to gas drilling activities) more than two and a half years ago.

Those invited to give input and help craft the ordinances included a consult team made up of the Lycoming County Community Gas Task Force and representatives of the gas industry.

The public had its say at a hearing held on Feb 10th – each person wishing to speak had three minutes to do so.

The major advisory influences on the County’s current draft ordinances came from the business, banking and gas industry sectors.  When the public had its small window for input, it is no surprise that the majority of the comments, voiced in three-minute sound bites, addressed concerns for the environment, public health and safety.

In Lycoming County during 2009 and 2010, the industry received 361 permits to drill and completed drilling 126 wells.  During this time, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Susquehanna River Basin Commission have cited the industry for a lengthy list of violations.

Thanks to concerned citizen Anne Harris Katz for sharing these insights on the proposed new zoning laws for Lycoming County.


RDA believes the vote to adopt the proposed zoning laws should be delayed in order to give the public sufficient time to better understand the complex issues involved.

The people of Lycoming County were never asked for input in the drafting of these new zoning laws. By contrast, the draft was vetted by the Gas Task Force as well attorneys and staff from Anadarko, Chief Oil & Gas, and Range Resources.

Call the Lycoming County Commissioners and request that they postpone the vote, now scheduled for ten o’clock this Thursday, February 17th.

For access to a copy of the proposed new ordinances call the Lycoming County Planning and Community Development Department at 570.320.2130

You may also contact us for more information at:

The new gas drilling zoning laws in Lycoming County would be the first for the state of PA, thereby setting a precedent that other counties will look to for guidance.  It is important that this precedent be one that protects our environment and our health to the fullest extent possible.

Request a delay today by contacting:
Lycoming County Commissioners
48 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
P: (570)320-2124
F: (570)320-2127

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