W. Pa. councilman wants park drilling referendum

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A councilman representing the county that includes Pittsburgh wants voters to decide by referendum any time officials try to lease county-owned park land for natural gas drilling.

Republican Allegheny County Councilman Matt Drozd tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/19GoXYQ ) he’ll introduce his bill at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Drozd wants a referendum during next year’s primary asking voters whether they want to have referendum power over future drilling leases. If the measure passes, voters would then have to vote each time the county tries to lease park lands for drilling.

County spokeswoman Amie Downs says County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, a Democrat who supports drilling, doesn’t support Drozd’s measure. She says Fitzgerald believes county drilling leases should be decided on a case-by-case basis.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com

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