City's oil and gas ordinance to be published

The St. Marys City Council approved to publish the city's ordinance on regulating oil and gas operations during their Monday evening meeting.The ordinance includes an amended provision of the St. Marys City Code in order to conform with the state's requirements under Act 13.Matt Pfeufer, zoning enforcement officer, stated to council that the only significant change in the ordinance was an addition for the approval time period for permitted use. The time period set by the act is 30 days; the zoning ordinance currently lists a time frame of 90 days. Councilman Dick Dornisch stated his concern over what he said was the city rushing to publish and pass the ordinance, especially in the wake of all the attention oil and gas drilling and the new law has been receiving in the news.