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Confusion regarding landowners' rights in Marcellus Shale

June 24, 2012

Bob Coppolo of Weedville said when he was recently approached by gas company representatives seeking access to his land, he balked at the idea of signing on the dotted line without first reading through the fine print.
"I was approached by at least two different companies. One guy had an easement and wanted me to sign it. I said, 'I'm not signing it, I want to read it,'" Coppolo said.
Coppolo equated the signing of an easement, a legal agreement which grants gas companies access to a landowner's acreage, with "signing your property away."

City Council approves easements, expansions

June 24, 2012

St. Marys City Council has approved the termination of a 16-foot land and water line easement which cuts through Mersen property.
City Manager Dave Greene explained the city has a 1.1-acre tract of land, also known as Environmental Drive, on which they built a road. For this reason, as far as the city is concerned, they do not need the water line easement, which is on Mersen's property, he said.

One dead in early-morning blaze

June 24, 2012

A fire early Saturday morning claimed the life of an 89-year-old Ridgway woman and destroyed a Center Street home.
A preliminary investigation has not yet determined the cause of the fire; however, officials are saying it is not suspected to be arson.

Brush up on bicycle safety rules

June 24, 2012

No school and warm weather bring out the bicycles, and both young and old alike should be reminded of some common-sense practices for safe riding.
David Marconi and Drew Lehman, patrolmen with the City of St. Marys Police Department, said there is one hard-and-fast rule that parents and youngsters need to remember.
"The first thing is, kids 12 and under are required by law to wear helmets," Marconi said. "We encourage everybody to wear a bike helmet, but 12 and under are required to [by state law]."
He said kids riding scooters should also wear helmets for their protection.

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