Town Hall Meeting for ALL municipalities in Western PA regarding HB1950 - December 13, 2011

December 5, 2011

The Robinson Township (Washington County) Board of Supervisors is hosting a town hall meeting to discuss the ramifications of HB1950 and to seek co-sponsorship/endorsement of a letter to PSATS urging them to rescind their endorsement of HB1950. They are also planning to send a letter to all State Representatives and Senators voicing our opposition to HB1950.


This meeting is not intended to discuss the merits of the gas and oil industry in Pennsylvania or the positive and negative impacts of drilling.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the impact HB1950 will have on local municipalities and the dangers of such legislation as it preempts local zoning and land use laws and ordinances.  The meeting will be open to the public, but we are not planning on a public Q&A session.  They are also planning to invite State Representatives and Senators, as well as representatives from PSATS to attend.  They are also trying to get some media coverage to get the message out about HB1950 and the effect it will have on local government’s sovereignty.  


HB1950 will affect all communities, large and small, as it severally limits the self-governance of local municipalities in relation to the gas and oil industry.  This legislation sets a dangerous precedence and could open the door to other industries seeking to avoid compliance with local zoning and land use laws.



Tues. Dec. 13 - 8 PM
Greentree Borough Municipal Building
10 West Manilla Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Please RSVP by December 9th 

Richard A. Ward
Township Manager
Robinson Township, Washington County
Ph: 724-926-8700 / Fax: 724-926-0108