Please also see the comments at the end and enjoin them. First, please read the petition and the Butler County Commissioners’ response. It is as arrogant and disconnected as I’ve read, and I’ve read some that meet that description. Theirs is what spurred this retort.
Honorable Butler County Commissioners McCarrier, Pinkerton and Eckstein:
I am a cosigner of the petition to which you offer lengthy reply. I do not live in the affected community, nor do I have one single penny to gain or loose by its resolution.
Your response indicates that perhaps you don’t understand the petition. No one therein asked you to provide water or regulate any industry. I disagree with Commissioner Eckstein’s statement that: “residents must also be willing to participate with their time and resources.” These residents did not pollute their drinking water.
As commenter Shirley Bates of Evans City, PA said so concisely: “The money needs to be distributed to help those that have been effected by the drilling.” Joseph McMurry of Butler, PA adds: “This is clearly an “impact” of natural gas drilling. This is what the “impact fee” was set aside for.”
While you studiously and correctly list all the things Marcellus Impact money may be spent on, no one ever questioned that. We, the cosigners demand the money be spent on this actual and most immediate impact from this industrial activity, FIRST. Money leftover might quite appropriately be spent on these other fine measures of dubious tie to Marcellus-related activities.
What you cavalierly call “a waiting game” is anything but to those at Ground Zero. Marcellus activities heaved a cost of their activities onto these folks. No one has much control over “if and when the water line becomes available for extension,” or over “a possible housing development.” Neither are the point of the petition. The most pressing impacts must be fairly compensated before lesser impacts are mitigated.
Lastly, blame must NOT be set aside. Blame is squarely and 100% solely on the shoulders of those who polluted the water to which these citizens are entitled. Blame – and therefore, obligation to fix the problem – is 0% on those citizen, who are your constituents.
Steven Todd, PE
Executive Director/Principal, Todd Engineering, LLC