US Steel agrees to allow fracking at Edgar Thomson works steel mill

As reported by State Impact:

US Steel has signed a lease with New Mexico-based Merrion Oil and Gas, to develop a Marcellus shale gas well on the grounds of the Edgar Thomson works....

The well site will be on the eastern edge of the property, in North Versailles Township, according to a drilling permit application Merrion submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

To date, however, our inspection of PaDEP records has not turned up any such application. In a separate Post-Gazette story, Don Hopey quotes Braddock Mayor John Fetterman gave US Steel credit for "... a compelling argument" when the company claimed that drilling would "maintain the 600 jobs there" at Edgar Thomson.

Although US Steel has not released any financial projections to the public, Mayor Fetterman's rationale would seem to conflict with the low market price for shale gas.