Welcoming Industry Without Sacrificing The Public's Health, Safety & Welfare
Marcellus Shale Taskforce
Fayette County PA
ABOUT THE TASKFORCE
In 2010 Fayette County was introduced to Marcellus Shale through activities by the oil & gas industry. We were not unlike our surrounding counties knowing little about Marcellus Shale while realizing there would be both positive and negative impacts.
County Commissioners in the affected counties saw the need to form a taskforce in their county. CCAP, our county commissioners association, also formed a taskforce. CCAP supported and encouraged individual counties to do the same. So in July 2010 I broached the subject with my fellow two Commissioners. When I could not garner a 2nd vote to form a Commissioner-appointed task force, I formed one on my own and I developed a website.
At that time there were 11 counties in PA where Commissioners saw the need and currently (as of Dec 2016) it has risen to 20 counties. Those formed mirrored others so as to not reinvent the wheel. In 2010 this taskforce consisted of citizens, educators and the industry serving on Committees. The Committees were planning, community impact, legislative, economic development, environment, public awareness and public safety. Since 2015 there has been little to no shale activity in Fayette County so there has been limited taskforce activity. It appears that may soon change so I have updated this site and anticipate this taskforce will become active.
With the launching of this updated website, citizens, the industry, educators and others are encouraged to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Who am I? Fayette County Commissioner Angela Zimmerlink.
Seize this economic opportunity while being advocates for a safe-environment.
TASK FORCE GOALS