Geokinetics: Penn Hills votes against firm’s plan to conduct seismic testing

Penn Hills Council has voted against allowing a company to perform seismic testing on municipal-owned property.

Texas-based Geokinetics USA Inc. wanted to perform seismic testing on 37 municipal-owned properties, totaling around 390 acres. The company would have paid the municipality $5 per acre tested, or nearly $2,000 for the seismic testing.

Council members J-LaVon Kincaid and Gary Underwood abstained from voting at a recent council meeting. Mayor Sara Kuhn and council members Catherine Sapp and Mark Brodnicki voted against the resolution.

Kincaid said the council’s action was symbolic, meant to send a message to companies that the municipality is against oil and gas activities on Penn Hills property.

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