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County Council Hears Pro, Con Testimony On Parks Drilling

Members of the Allegheny County Council heard testimony for and against a proposal to drill for natural gas under a Pittsburgh-area park.

The council is considering a proposal to allow Range Resources and Huntley & Huntley to drill beneath 1,180-acre Deer Lakes Park from well sites on neighboring properties.

Officials say the plan would mean millions of dollars for the county and a park improvement fund.

Many of those who spoke in favor of the plan Tuesday night highlighted the financial windfall. But opponents said they were concerned about pollution and the possibility of accidents.

A council committee takes up the issue again Wednesday evening at a meeting. It will include a presentation from the company and a panel to answer legal questions about the lease and proposal.