PROPOSED NATURAL GAS DRILLING LAND USE CONTROLS
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
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
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