Broadview Heights has more working wells than anywhere else in Cuyahoga County, and many residents are unhappy with the effects
Monday, June 11, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
The issue galvanized Amy Feran to start blogging in 2007.
For a couple of nights earlier this year, Highland Heights City Council chambers overflowed with more than 200 residents protesting a proposal to put two gas wells in the city's park. Those crowds are gone now and the audience is back to a handful of people, including Amy Feran. The spokeswoman for Love Our Green Space – the citizen group that successfully fought the wells – has been a fixture watching over city officials for almost five years. "I came of age at the end of the 1960s and 1970s. People wanted to make the world a better place by getting involved. The truth mattered. That is the context I went to law school with," said Feran, an attorney whose day job is conducting computerized legal research for LexisNexis. Feran had tried to…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Bass Energy paid to drop breach of contract claim.
The gas well controversy ended quietly with no discussion Tuesday as Highland Heights City Council approved a $600,000 settlement with Bass Energy. Council President Cathy Murphy said that city officials will have plenty to say about the matter, but did not want to speak publicly until the settlement was signed. "It's not done until it's done," she said. Bass Energy had filed a $7 million lawsuit in 2008 after council rescinded a lease to drill two gas wells in Highland Heights Community Park. Mayor Scott Coleman signed that initial lease in 2007. As a proposed settlement to the lawsuit, council considered another lease earlier this year. That lease, which also would have placed two gas wells in the park, was unanimously rejected by …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Highland Heights Council has first reading on proposed agreement.
A final vote on a proposed settlement of the Bass Energy lawsuit might take place at Tuesday's Highland Heights City Council meeting. The resolution authorizing a $600,000 settlement payment was on the agenda of a special council meeting last night, but no vote was taken. Mayor Scott Coleman said city officials didn't want to take action at a special meeting, but might decide the matter on May 8. "We want to put this behind us as soon as possible," he said. Bass Energy had sought $7 million in its breach of contract lawsuit, filed in 2008 after council rescinded a lease for two gas wells in the city's park. The lease had been signed by Coleman in 2007. A settlement considered earlier this year would have allowed two wells to be drilled in …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Resolution approving settlement is on agenda for special meeting tonight.
Friday, April 27, 2012
City would pay $600,000, bringing lawsuit to a close.
Highland Heights City Council will consider a $600,000 settlement proposal in its lawsuit with Bass Energy as early as Tuesday. Council President Cathy Murphy said she, Mayor Scott Coleman and Law Director Tim Paluf met with Bass Energy representatives and the company's counsel Friday to reach a settlement in the longtime breach-of-contract lawsuit regarding the drilling of gas wells in the city park. Bass sought $7 million from the city. Murphy said the law director will craft the settlement resolution for council to consider as early as Tuesday. The group has a committee-of-the-whole meeting scheduled that night, but would likely adjourn into a special meeting for the first reading of the resolution. "It would be premature to say how I …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Hearing not expected anytime soon.
Now that Highland Heights city officials decided not to settle a lawsuit by allowing gas wells in the park, the court battle will resume. Council President Cathy Murphy said the city and Bass Energy never had an arbitration hearing because the proposed lease for two gas wells in the park was an attempt to settle the lawsuit without the need for arbitration. "We have not had any arbitration," she said. "Our attorney will notify the attorney for Bass Energy that we are not going with the settlement and we will proceed to arbitration." Regardless of what happens in arbitration, there will not be any gas wells in the park, she added. "The Bass lawsuit claim is for breach of contract," Murphy said. That means that while Bass Energy can try to …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
City will heed wishes of residents and continue to fight lawsuit.
Highland Heights residents clearly said they oppose gas wells in the city park and City Council members weren't about to go against their wishes. Council voted unanimously Tuesday against a proposed lease with Bass Energy for two gas wells in the city park. "We are stewards of the public will. We have clearly heard you just as we did back in 2008," Council President Cathy Murphy said, referring to a charter amendment approved by 73 percent of voters that prohibits park land from being sold or leased without voter approval. Murphy noted that city officials and Bass Energy have been in negotiations for four years and there were numerous attempts to resolve a lawsuit short of allowing wells to be drilled. The lease rejected Tuesday was an …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Come early if you want a seat.
There will be no pulling the issue from the agenda this time – Highland Heights City Council will vote on a proposed gas well lease at its 8 p.m. meeting today. Check Hillcrest Patch's pages on Twitter and Facebook tonight for updates on council's decision. The lease was pulled from the agenda at the March 13 meeting so council could review a concern about wetlands in the city park, where the two gas wells would be located. Council President Cathy Murphy said the lease will definitely be voted on tonight and although it's listed toward the bottom of the agenda with other items on for third reading, it will be moved up to the top spot so residents don't have to wait through the entire meeting. Amy Feran, spokesman for Love Our Green Space, …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Council is scheduled to vote at Tuesday's meeting.
After years of debate and negotiations, Highland Heights City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a proposed lease for two gas wells in the city's park. The agreement would settle a $7 million breach of contract lawsuit filed by Bass Energy in 2008. At recent meetings, many residents spoke out against having gas wells in the park and a few urged council to sign the lease, arguing that the wells are safe and that the city can't afford to lose the lawsuit. So we're giving a chance for those who haven't attended the meetings to speak their mind in the form of a poll. Recognizing there are different reasons to support or oppose the proposed lease, the poll covers two common viewpoints on each side of the issue. If you're viewpoint …