Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Journalistic Duty

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Journalistic Duty

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It's a sad day when a PG editorial supports fracking under Deer Lakes Park before obtaining the actual proposal ("Prudent Drilling: The County Has a Good Deal at Deer Lakes Park," March 24). Instead, the PG simply accepts Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald's word that he has negotiated a deal that will provide wonderful benefits for all. Is this what passes for good journalism?

As of last weekend, neither the county law department nor our county council had seen a copy of the proposal, yet council will be asked to consider, debate and vote on it soon. Is this to be a repeat of the airport leasing debacle when council did not see it until just before a vote was forced?

But if Mr. Fitzgerald's deal contained even half-truths, the PG editors should have recognized some clearly questionable claims. For example, "$3 million a year for as long as wells produce"? C'mon, statistics show that production drops rapidly after the first frack, so the $3 million figure is almost certainly exaggerated. …

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