On the evening of April 15 citizens and gas industry associates filled the Gold Room of the Allegheny County Courthouse to let the Parks Committee know what they thought of fracking beneath Deer Lakes County Park. Among the estimated 41 speakers in favor of the lease, many spoke of fracking in general without regard to this particular lease itself; the fracking industry will bring jobs to the region, and it will attract visitors and conventions, etc. In addition, industry representatives claimed that fracking was safe, despite ample evidence to the contrary. Finally, it was asserted that the park system is in a dilapidated state without documentation or estimates of needed funds.
As has been the case since last August, the estimated 39 speakers opposed to fracking beneath the park focused on the short and long-term impacts of fracking operations on air and water quality, and the fact that Council is being asked to vote on an ordinance devoid of the actual lease. Leasing opponents also critized Parks Committee Chairman Futules for failing to invite objective, independent experts to the three forthcoming committee meetings. Teh meeting ended after more than four hours.