Dozens of people voice concerns, ask questions about proposed fracking well

BRADDOCK, Pa. — A lot of people turned out Tuesday to talk about a proposed fracking well in Allegheny County.

Some had questions, but others were angry at the idea of more development at the Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock.

There are homes and businesses all around the plant.

Many people told Merrion Oil and Gas executives that they don't want them in Allegheny County.


The Department of Environmental Protection hosted the informational meeting.

Merrion is proposing to drill and operate a fracking site on the Edgar Thomson Plant property, which is mostly located in North Versailles, but also includes East Pittsburgh and North Braddock.

Representatives with the DEP said they're in the process of reviewing three permits from Merrion.

Merrion wants to construct:

  • unconventional gas well pad
  • two access roads
  • five fresh water storage tanks
  • 2,770 ft natural gas pipeline
  • 2,990 ft fresh water pipeline

"From our standpoint we haven’t seen any peer review studies that indicate what she was concerned about," said Ryan Davis with Merrion. "We definitely are concerned about impacts with operation."

A spokesperson for the DEP said there is no timeline on when it will or won't be approved.