Second hearing on drilling zoning amendment
The current zoning would require that each proposed gas or oil well would have to come before the township ZHB for approval with local input including an advertised public hearing.
Back in August of 2010, zoning officer Ed Lagarenne issued a stop order to the drilling operation at the Woodland Management site on Route 371 because the company had not applied for a special exception permit demanded by the current zoning ordinance. The company ignored the order and took the township to federal court, stating that the state’s oil and gas act supersedes township ordinances. The judge ruled that the township should sign a consent decree with the company to work out their differences.
That sparked the move to change the zoning law. “We’re doing this so that we won’t get challenged,” said township attorney Jeffrey Treat. “I don’t think we will be challenged by the company with this amendment.”