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Hazelton City Authority Investigates Drilling Rights

The chairman of the Hazelton City Authority (HCA), Phil Andras, is investigating the process of the Marcellus Shale drilling that could soon be moving into the area.   Andras wants to ensure that they have the mineral rights for the 7,000 acres that the town currently owns, understand the steps needed to preserve the watershed and “spend some time learning more about the process and about the protections with the state and federal (environmental agencies).”

Andras has proposed enforcing a moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling on HCA land until the drilling companies can prove “with a very high degree of certainty” that their operations are safe and would have no adverse environmental impact.

Another authority member, Dick Ammon agrees with Andras saying, “we want to make sure whatever’s done, we won’t pay a price down the road.”  HCA members have said they are not against drilling, but they do want to ensure their watershed is protected.

If you are a property owner whose property has been harmed by natural gas exploration, talk to an attorney who is experienced in Marcellus Gas drilling issues.  The attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright represent victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, including those who have suffered personal injury and those who have been harmed through the loss of enjoyment of their property. Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or submit a free online claim evaluation.

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