I heard from a friend that visitors are no longer allowed to drive through Cross Creek County Park unless escorted by security. She said she was escorted through the park by a security vehicle. She said she was afraid to even stop to take a picture or to look at anything. Wonder what happens if someone wants to have a picnic.
Parks not industrial
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The news story “Potential payday exists for drilling in Allegheny County parks” (June 16 and TribLIVE.com) made it sound like drilling in Cross Creek County Park, Washington County, has been no problem, but quite the opposite is true.
In May 2009, Range Resources had a spill and fish kill there while fracking, bringing a $23,500 state Department of Environmental Protection fine. Earlier this year, Range had another spill at the same park site where it mistakenly clear-cut two acres from a neighboring cemetery.
Gas production in the park has created security checkpoints, no-trespassing zones, forest fragmentation, excessive truck traffic, fewer birds, higher radiation levels and water-well problems.
Range is authorized to withdraw 800,000 gallons per day from the fishing lake; low water levels have been blamed on various things in past years, while fishermen report dead fish. Air quality has worsened with multiple wells and a compressor station on the park’s edge.
That parkland was taken for “recreation, conservation and historical purposes” but some now call it “Cross Creek Industrial Park.”
Do not let this happen in or near your park — parks are for people, not industrial activity.
Update: Another friend visited this park recently and was not harassed by Range’s security guard. …interesting.