The Allegheny Nation Forest has scheduled three public meetings to discuss the oil and gas program and a recently filed agreement that will have a direct effect on future development within the ANF.
According to a press release, the first of the three meetings will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13 at the Warren Holiday Inn in the main ballroom. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for April 14 at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and April 15 at the Clarion Holiday Inn.
"Although this is short notice regarding these meetings, the public deserves to know as soon as possible how we are planning to move forward," Forest Supervisor Leanne Marten said in the release.
On April 9, the U.S. Forest Service, Allegheny Defense Project, Sierra Club and Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics filed a stipulation of the dismissal of the pending lawsuit, along with the settlement agreement with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
According to the ANF, the settlement resolves all matters related to the case brought by the Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics. The lawsuit was filed in November 2008 and challenged the issuance of Notices to Proceed for development of reserved and outstanding oil and gas resources within the ANF.
The settlement filed with the court includes the processing of 54 pending oil and gas proposals for a total of 588 wells, two pipelines and one seismic line following current procedures. ANF officials said, all remaining pending oil and gas proposals, and all future proposals, will be processed after the appropriate level of environmental analysis has been conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).