The City of Murrysville last week unanimously approved the second unusual gas drilling operation on a property bordering the city’s Plum.
Canonsburg-based Olympus Energy is attempting to construct a Hermes unusual gas borehole on a 147-acre site just southwest of Rolling Fields Golf Club, on the 5000 block of Logans Ferry Road. The land is a zoned rural settlement and is in the oil and gas coverage area of the municipality.
Part of the property extends into Allegheny County and neighboring Plum.
Olympus officials said the roughly timeline for the project after approval was 120 days of construction, 240 days of drilling and 240 days of completion.
Project engineer Ryan Dailey said the first drilling round will take place between December 2023 and February 2024, with completions due in April 2024. Lucas said a second round of drilling will take place in the spring of 2025 for a total of eight wells.
Olympus Energy owns and operates the Titan well on Bollinger Road.
Plans for the fracking well include proposed road improvements, including placing a traffic light at the intersection of Saltsburg Road and Golden Mile Highway, and widening Saltsburg’s junction with Logan Ferry Road to better accommodate truck traffic to and from the site.
Olympus attorney Blaine Lucas said the Hermes project will eventually include eight wells.
Councilor Jamie Lee Korns abstained from the vote, as her husband works as a lawyer at Babst Callland, the law firm that represents Olympus. Councilman Jason Lemak was absent.
Office park approved
Council has approved the next phase of a mixed-use development near the intersection of Manor and Wilson Roads in Murrysville.
Healthcare company Dedicated Nursing Associates is planning a corporate campus for employees as part of the Fusting Executive Park project. Council approved the first phase of plans for 18 “luxury villas” called Regan Ridge Villas in early 2021.
The 47-acre project is planned to include approximately 80,000 square feet for an office complex and 36,000 square feet of retail space, including two restaurants.
Project planners also propose left-turn lanes on both directions on Manor Road and a PennDOT-approved traffic signal at the intersection with Wilson Road.
‘Luxury properties’ proposed near the park
City Hall held a public hearing on Murrysville resident Paul Fischione’s proposal to develop more than 55 acres on 28 “luxury estates” on at least one acre of land near the intersection of Wiestertown and Hilty Roads.
“I finally spent a lot of time looking at where I wanted to build my ‘forever home’ and settled on this property,” Fischione said.
The property is located near the spring waters of Steele’s Run, and Fischione said he had previously undertaken a description of both the creek and its accompanying wetlands.
He said parties will start at $250,000 and home packages at $1.2 million.
“The plots will be secluded and wooded,” Fischione said. “All backyards are on the edge of conservation areas, so they will provide the utmost privacy with beautiful views.”