For Immediate Release
PITTSBRUGH, PA - An overflow crowd at the Franklin Park Borough Council meeting on Wednesday voiced strong opposition to a proposed lease of Linbrook Park to a fracking company. The strong showing compelled the council to delay the vote.
The council was attempting to quickly approve a subsurface lease on the 80-acre municipal park with Penn Energy. The well pad would be located in adjoining Economy Borough, about a mile and a half from the park.
Franklin Park residents were outraged that the deal was being rushed through without proper public notice in the middle of the holiday season. Earlier this year, the borough conducted a survey of residents which found 47% of respondents “strongly oppose” the lease, with another 8% opposing it.
“A public park belongs to the people, not to the Council or a fracking company,” said Doug Shields, Western Pennsylvania Liaison at Food & Water Watch. “Franklin Park residents came together to send a clear message to the council: Protect our clean air and water by saying no to fracking Linbrook Park.”