A preliminary injunction in favor of oil and gas drilling in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) will stand.
In a ruling announced Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit endorsed a preliminary injunction issued in December 2009 by U.S. District Court Judge Sean McLaughlin in Erie.
That injunction enjoins the U.S. Forest Service from preparing a study under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as a â€śpre-conditionâ€ť for drilling oil and gas wells in the ANF.
On Monday evening, St. Marys City Council approved the real estate sale for land in the St. Marys Industrial Park at the airport on which a new business, SMC Powder Metallurgy of St. Marys, Inc. plans to construct a facility.
The purchase price of the land was $203,300 and includes one entire lot and a portion of another. The new business plans to create 200 jobs.
As part of this transaction, the city has been working with the St. Marys Soccer Association in finding a new location for their five fields, which are currently situated on the land.