Hundreds Fight Wells by Homes, Schools in South Fayette

Hundreds of people opposed to drilling for natural gas in South Fayette’s residential areas packed an auditorium Monday night to tell the township’s five commissioners not to permit gas wells near the sprawling school campus.

“If it was up to me, I would ban it completely, but I know we can’t,” said Diana Stoessel, whose two children graduated from South Fayette High School.

The capacity crowd clapped and cheered as dozens of speakers railed against allowing Chesapeake Energy to drill on hundreds of forested acres it has leased next to the school on Old Oakdale Road.

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