Allegheny, PA Councilman Reveals Why He Voted Yes on Park Lease

Pretty soon drilling will begin under (not on) Deer Lakes Park in Allegheny County, PA. After months and months of anti-drillers showing up at county council meetings to drone on and on about the disaster that awaits us all if drilling takes place a mile below the earth underneath the 1,180-acre park, council members voted to approve the plan (see Allegheny Cty Approves Deer Lakes Park Lease, Antis Throw Tantrum). The deal gives the county a $4.7 million signing bonus and 18% royalties. Sweet. It’s not often you get a full explanation from one of the politicians who faced the droning anti-drillers and then voted in favor of a project like this–but we have such a unique opportunity. Councilman Tom Baker, who cast one of two deciding votes in favor of the project, recently published his thinking and explanation for why he cast a “yes” vote for the Deer Lakes Park deal…

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