Lehman Twp. fields shale, road question

CAMILLE FIOTI Times Leader Correspondent

LEHMAN TWP. – Supervisor Dave Sutton fielded questions from a resident Monday regarding expected truck traffic, especially on Route 118, from gas-drilling sites in the area.

Sutton said the township doesn’t have jurisdiction over Route 118 because it is a state road.

EnCana Oil & Gas USA, which plans to drill a vertical well in the Marcellus Shale off Peaceful Valley Road, as well as one in Lake Township, is working with emergency officials from both townships, as well as Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior High School, to work out a traffic plan, Sutton said.

In another matter, Supervisor Doug Ide said he is putting together a list of roads that need paving. He added that patch work is being done throughout the township.

Through an intermunicipal partnership, the township and Dallas Borough were able to purchase a paver and roller, with a state community development grant, and share paving projects.

“Neither of us could do it alone,” said Sutton. “But working together, we’ve been able to stretch our dollars further.”

The township saves 35 percent of paving costs by using township employees, he added.

The supervisors voted to approve the following temporary permits: Wilkes-Barre Triathlon to start and finish at Penn State, Lehman Campus on Aug. 22, pending receipt of insurance; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for a picnic to be held July 16-28; Royal TZ Car and Truck Show at Luzerne County Fairgrounds on May 29.

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