In this Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 photo, a new public restroom that was bought with money from gas well royalties is available at the new Lynn Portal Access Area in the Washington County Cross Creek County Park in Avella, Pa. Local officials say the deals have worked well, and that they have few other options to generate new funds. But some residents don’t like drilling taking place under public land. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Even as some cities around the nation have voted to ban fracking for natural gas, other rural areas are quietly embracing the boom by allowing drilling under public parks and land and reaping millions in royalties.
In Washington County, just outside Pittsburgh, officials say the unexpected revenue stream is letting them make improvements that otherwise might not have Login to read more