The Greater Seven Lakes Community Council asked the Commissioners to explain their position on the hydraulic fracturing method of drilling for natural gas, commonly known as "fracking."
Chairman Picerno explained that the Commissioners had passed a resolution on June 5 of last year asking the General Assembly to give local government some say in regulating fracking. The state legislators declined to do so.
"We have no authority when it comes to fracking," Picerno said.
Responding to a resident who appeared to have a fairly firm anti-fracking perspective, Picerno encouraged citizens to "learn the facts. Don't just listen to the rhetoric."
"I hate to tell you this," Picerno continued, veering into a broader commentary on the American political landscape. "Our country unfortunately is divided. There's two agendas. It's almost like we don't have America anymore. We have this group, and this group. And we're not being led very well by the one at the top."