Stacy Long, right, vice-chair, Grant Township Board of Supervisors, with mother Judy Wanchisn, co-founder of the East Run Hellbenders Society, June 14,, 2019. Photo by Nathan Zisk.
By Sara Stewart
INDIANA — The latest lawsuit filed against Grant Township wasn’t terribly surprising to the board of supervisors. But it was still exhausting, in a Groundhog Day kind of way.
According to the oil and gas company Pennsylvania General Energy, the Indiana County township, population 700-ish, is depriving the corporation of its constitutional right to dump fracking waste there, or to sell it to another company interested in doing so.
The suit, filed on Dec. 9 in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania, spells out its grievances in a 162-article document.
“Grant Township’s conduct in abrogating PGE’s interest in environmental and UIC [underground injection control] permits at the Yanity Well is deliberate, arbitrary, and irrational, exceeds the limits of governmental authority, amounts to an abuse of official power, and shocks the conscience,” reads one particularly dramatic article.
Stacy Long, vice-chair of the township’s board of supervisors, said she gets why the company targeted their township in the first place.