• Residents fighting to keep gas well from being built near their homes

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    CECIL TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Residents are fighting to keep a gas well from being built just 1,000 feet from their homes in Cecil Township. 

    A group of people protested the drilling, which is expected to start on Wednesday.

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    Many of the homes are part of the New Windsor Woods plan and new homeowners tell Channel 11 they didn't know about the drilling site until Range Resources sent them a letter in early June. 

    "[It's] devastating. Range can frack, but not in our backyard," Diane Ritz-Nicolella said.

    Range told Channel 11 all of the homes are outside of the DEP's rule of 500 feet, which they say is a safe distance.


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    “We’re committed to being accessible and providing information while we responsibly develop the Augustine well site. We have met with many of the nearby residents and we will continue to be available throughout this process. Today’s pre-construction meeting, which we do for every well site, was held at our office to accommodate the size of the group, including the landowners, regulatory agency, township officials and our contractors," the company said in a statement.

    Click here for a map showing gas wells and more in our area.


     

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