Saturday, January 5, 2013
The movie, filmed in the Pittsburgh area, digs into the debate over fracking.
Troy Bogdan, an organic farmer living in Bridgeville, says he caught the “acting bug” after a back injury sidelined him from working on his Crawford County farm last year. An audition for a role as an extra last May has snowballed into a flurry of acting parts in several movies filming around western Pennsylvania, including the major production of Promised Land, which opened in theaters Friday morning. “I’ve been a fan of movies all my life, but I never thought I would be working for them,” Bogdan said. “It’s a hobby and we’ll see where it goes. I don’t have any expectations of being a movie star, but maybe it can lead to part-time income to supplement the farm income. I’ll do it as long as I’m still having fun.” The work started after …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A new commission launching this week will allow Pennsylvania citizens to voice opinions, positive and negative, about Marcellus Shale drilling through a series of hearings across the state.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A new commission launching this week will give the citizens of Pennsylvania an opportunity to tell their side of the story about Marcellus Shale drilling, according to a release. Former state Representatives Carole Rubley and Dan Surra will co-chair the Citizens Marcellus Shale Commission, which will hold hearings across Pennsylvania to gather citizen perspectives, and produce a final report for policymakers. The first of five hearings will commence Wednesday. "Marcellus Shale development will have a huge impact on our Commonwealth and it is critical that we get it right," Surra said in a statement. "This commission will give citizens an opportunity to add their voice and bring some necessary balance to this critical debate. "The …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Marcellus Municipal Co-op's public hearing about local impact fees associated with drilling drew in a crowd of people Wednesday night.
Mt. Pleasant Township Supervisor Larry Grimm said his small community has paid out almost $180,000 over the last few months alone—money spent on staffing and legal fees associated with Marcellus Shale drilling there. “Some are saying that should not be (considered) for an impact fee,” he said at the Marcellus Municipal Co-op’s public hearing Wednesday night. “Your thoughts, sir?” Although the first speaker, Elam Herr, with the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors agreed that those expenses are directly related to drilling, how to quantify the impact of Marcellus Shale development in local communities was a major talking point throughout the evening—with some dissenting opinion. This was the first public hearing of the MMC…
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The elections office now begins work on preparing the Marcellus Shale question for presentation to Peters voters.
With the filing of a petition to add an amendment to the Peters Township Home Rule Charter on the general election ballots Nov. 8, the Washington County Elections Office said a number of processes will take place to prepare the question that will go before the electorate. Peters Township Marcellus Shale Awareness & Action filed the petitions bearing 2,422 signatures on Monday, one day before the filing deadline of Aug. 9. Based on the formula that requires 10 percent of those who voted in the last election for the governor, the Marcellus Shale awareness group needed approximately 900 voters to have the question placed on the ballot. County Elections Director Larry Spahr said the list of more than 2,000 names “would make it very difficult …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
For the next two weeks, Chesapeake Energy will be testing its well at Trax Farms.
Township Manager Michael Silvestri is notifying residents and visitors that "open flaring" will be occurring at the nearby drill site at Trax Farms. Chesapeake Energy will be testing its well at the Union Township drill site through an "open flaring" process, which will produce a large open flame at various times in the next two weeks. Anyone with concerns or questions should contact Peters Township staff at (724) 941-4180.