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Vertical Rig on-site at Deer Lakes Park

Range Resources' vertical rig is on site. Only five of the eight wells have been 'spudded' -- the five that will go under Deer Lakes Park.

Deer Lakes Flyover

A pass over Deer Lakes Park and the Range Resources "Gulick" well site. (July 19, 2015)

A View from the Air

On July 17, Range Resources filed its "SPUD" report with the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) for five wells on the "Gulick" site at Deer Lakes Park. Although SPUD is defined as "the start of drilling," no drill rig had yet arrived on site.

June 28: A Road Grows in Frazer

The site entrance is starting to look like the on-ramp to an interstate highway. Grading appears to be finished - as far as can be seen from the public road - and the roadway is being prepped for the heavy truck traffic to come.

Here's an overview of the site contours, as obtained from the DEP permit application:

Tribute to George R. Jucha, Jr.

On July 1, 2015, the Allegheny County Council adopted a proclamation declaring Tuesday, July 7, 2015, as George R. Jucha, Jr., Day. Friends and family, and members of Protect Our Parks were on-hand to accept the proclamation from Councilwoman Heather Heidelbaugh.

June 5: More earth is moved, EPA calls back

There are now erosion barriers at the bottom of the hillside. But, look at them!

Deer Lakes Park: The story so far (May, 2015)

As fracking comes to Deer Lakes Park, here's a quick history of how we have arrived at this point. Some key documents are archived as Resources on this site, and links to those documents are included in the history below.

Protect Deer Lakes Park Picnic

On Saturday, May 30, we gathered at Deer Lakes Park to witness the first assault of fracking at our county park.

We'll have a more detailed report soon; but, for now, here's a link to the "Be A Watchdog for the Park" flyer that we distributed to park visitors.

Reflections on the Election: Allegheny County 2015 primary

Protect Our Parks is governed by the regulations on ‘501(c)3’ non-profit organizations, and does not support (nor oppose) any candidate for public office. But we do advocate for the public parks, particularly those in Allegheny County, and we can talk about the impact of electoral choices upon the fate of our parks.

The signed lease for drilling at Deer Lakes Park

Because the Allegheny County government is abdicating its responsibility for informing the public about its fracking activities, we will be adding news and explanations to this site from time to time. As a basic reference document, here is a copy of the actual lease agreement, as signed by the county and by Range Resources.


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