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TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2010
BP puts new cap in place on well
NEW CONTRACT FOR COACH TOMLIN
TECHIES GATHER FOR SUMMER SOCIAL
Episcopal bishop calls for abused to step up
concern runs deep over gas wells
Obama acts again on deep-water drilling
Erie leader in ’70s, ’80s accused of sex assaults on girls
By Laura Figueroa and Patricia Mazzei The Miami Herald
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — As the Obama administration issued a fresh moratorium on deep-water drilling Monday, robots maneuvered a new, tighterfitting cap onto a gushing oil well, and BP prepared to test whether its latest effort would at long last stop crude from oozing into the Gulf of Mexico. The company latched on the cap to the leaking well late Monday. Up to two days’ worth of tests on its effectiveness could begin today, BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles told reporters Monday afternoon, when the cap was 40 feet from the well. “We’re taking this step by step, making sure absolutely everything is in place before we do it,” he said. Mr. Suttles described Monday as the third day of a four- to seven-day operation to secure the new cap over the spill’s source, after the previous looser cap was removed Saturday. That cap helped collect about
By Mackenzie Carpenter Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Elizabeth Schneider of Lincoln Place, where Marcellus Shale drilling is being proposed, listens to speakers at Councilman Doug Shields’ post-agenda meeting in City Council chambers Monday afternoon.
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By Diana Nelson Jones Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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The potential for Marcellus Shale drilling within the city of Pittsburgh brought out a panel of experts and about 80 people who filled City Council chambers Monday for a hearing on the impact gas drilling could have here. Chuck Christen of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, cited a list of environmental and health concerns, saying: “There is not enough independent research. All my questions are ones for
Many city residents express worry about potential Marcellus Shale hazards which there are no answers.” Gas drilling is heaviest in Greene and Washington counties to the south and Tioga and Kane counties in the northern tier, but leasing agents have been knocking on doors in Pittsburgh. Nadia Steinzor, a Marcellus regional organizer for Earthworks, an environmental organization that focuses on the impact of extraction industries, said people were signing leases
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Sandcastle nearing bike trail agreement Allegheny River
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By Jon Schmitz
“I really expect we’ll have a formal announcement in the next couple days,” said James Allegheny County and SandJudy, vice president of operacastle Waterpark are expected to tions for Palace Entertainment, announce an agreement within owner of the park. Reynolds St. days that will allow completion “I believe that is probably of the last missing piece of a going to be the case,” agreed biking and hiking trail linking county spokesman Kevin Pittsburgh and Washington, Evanto. Frick D.C.Schenley The deal 30 would cap years of Park Park negotiations aimed at finding a 22 way to accommodate the trail on 376 the park’s narrow strip of land between a railroad line and the The last trail The Monongahela River. SWISSVALE link in the Waterfront TheBRADDOCK roughly one-mile stretch 150-mile Great HILLSlink in the 150-mile is the last New bridge RANKIN Allegheny Allegheny Passage from atGreat Whitaker Passage: HOMESTEAD Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md., BRADDOCK where it connects NORTH to the C&O 837 BRADDOCK Towpath to Washington. Sandcastle EAST When all is complete, it will WEST PITTSBURGH HOMESTEAD be possible to bike about 335 conMonongahela WHITAKER MUNHALL HOMESTEAD River tinuous, mostlyNew flatbridge milesatfrom Kennywood RIDCnation’s DuquesnecapiPittsburgh to the tal without interference from N motorized traffic. NORTH VERSAILLES The former owners of SandPittsburgh Pittsburgh DUQUESNE castle for years resisted efforts Area of of Area WEST to build the trail through the detail detail MIFFLIN park, PORT VUE saying there wasn’t Riverton enough room. 0 1 Bridge “The next time you visit McKEESPORT DAVOSBURG Mile Sandcastle take a close look at
By Meredith Skrzypczak
Source: Allegheny Trail Alliance
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without legal representation, often not knowing whether they are signing away their surface and mineral rights and sometimes not knowing where their property lines are. State law restricts deep well drilling to no closer than 200 feet from an occupied building, but in densely populated Lawrenceville, the majority of at least 57 parcels are under agreement, Councilman Patrick Dowd wrote in an earlier
e-mail to the Post-Gazette. Councilman Doug Shields said people also had been approached in his district. Kathryn Klaber, president and executive director of the Marcellus Shale Coalition of gas drilling interests, said she did not know how those leases might be used. When Mr. Shields asked her if her partners wanted to drill within the city, she said, “I don’t think they’ve made that decision.” She said 99.5 percent of the liquid that is pumped thousands of feet underground to
Four girls, some as young as 10, were allegedly molested in the 1970s and 1980s by the Episcopal Bishop of Erie, Donald Davis — and now the current bishop is reaching out to identify more victims, if they exist. In a letter read after services Sunday at the diocese’s 34 churches, Bishop Sean Rowe, of the Erie-based Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, asked that any women who may have been abused by the late Rev. Davis come forward. “On behalf of the church, I offer an abject apology to Bishop Davis’ victims, their families, and everyone whose trust in the church has been violated, and I ask for your forgiveness,” Bishop Rowe wrote. “I cannot undo the grievous wrongs that Bishop Davis has done, nor take away the pain of his victims, but I can do my best to ensure that, from now on, this diocese will tell the truth and seek healing and reconciliation for those who have been harmed.” In an interview Monday, the bishop said he was first alerted to the abuse by one of the victims in March, prompting an investigation that revealed more credible allegations of sexual abuse from three other girls. All of the victims have asked to remain anonymous, he said. “We believe that these allegations are credible. We believe the stories,” Bishop Rowe said, but he declined to give more details about the cases “because we don’t give away anything that would compromise the identity of the victims.” Two of the victims were abused at a diocesan summer camp, Camp Nazareth, outside of Mer-
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Donor Sara Steelman, left, touches where her donated kidney is located in recipient Sarah Taylor. For video of Ms. Steelman and Ms. Taylor talking about their experience, visit post-gazette.com. 376
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wo women with nearly the same first name live in the same neighborhood. One needs a kidney; the other has a desire to donate. Sounds like an easy match, if they are medically compatible. But it took a chance Facebook encounter for the two casual acquaintances to connect in what their surgeon says may represent the future of organ donating. Sarah Taylor, 53, of Indiana, Pa., suffered from a dissected aorta and an aneurysm 11 years ago, and that led to renal failure. She was placed on a kidney transplant waiting list in 2009, and a year ago this month, she used Facebook to let others know she needed help. “I had no idea where I was going to get a kidney,” she said. “I just thought well, why don’t I put it on Facebook and see what I get?” Ms. Taylor specified that she was looking for someone between the ages of 18 and 64, with type-O blood and no diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity. In a matter of days, she received 197 responses.
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Extra effort makes world of difference between 2007, ’10 By Jon Offredo
When Angel Cabrera shocked the golfing world in 2007 at the U.S. Open in Oakmont, millions tuned in on TV and tens of thousands of spectators watched in person, but few, if any, managed to make it down to Oakmont’s business district. On Sunday, Paula Creamer stood amongst 24,916 cheering fans as she won the U.S. Women’s Open in Oakmont. This time around, there may not have been as many people watching as the trophy was lifted as there were in 2007, but there were certainly more perusing the storefronts of the business district and walking along the streets of Oakmont. Retailers and restaurateurs generally agreed that this time around, Oakmont was hardly the ghost town it was three years ago. “Everything went much better
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This time, Oakmont stores profit from golf oakmont, FROM PAGE A-1 than expected,” said Oakmont Chamber of Commerce director Summer Tissue. “[We] still had a couple of stores that didn’t do better than expected.” Maybe visitors were looking for ways to escape the intense heat of the event’s opening days or the intermittent rain Friday, but many involved believe that $19,500 in state funds granted to help Oakmont market itself, as well as $5,000 used to pay for a shuttle to take spectators from the golf course into town, were integral in opening up Oakmont to golf fans. Those funds were part of a larger $200,000 state grant, more than $170,000 of which went to the USGA for “marketing/promotions,” according to a memorandum of understanding between the USGA, the Greater Pittsburgh Charitable Trust and the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce.
A marketing success After the U.S. Open in 2007, a lot of businesses felt the pinch from extending their hours for crowds of golf fans that never materialized — in fact, even regular shoppers stayed away, frightened by reports of massive traffic problems around the country club. That’s when the Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont, and the Greater Pittsburgh Charitable Trust got involved. “I attended several meetings in Oakmont and heard that clearly the business owners felt in 2007 they would have been better off if they closed their doors and just stayed home,” said Bar-
bara McNees, president of the trust and the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. Retailers said warnings of massive traffic tie-ups and parking difficulties in 2007 disrupted regular business and left Oakmont with nothing but the proverbial tumbleweeds blowing down the two parallel streets of Allegheny Avenue and Allegheny River Boulevard. “The last Open here was great, but they were very efficient in getting people into town but not into Oakmont,” said Mr. Dermody. This time around, things were different. When discussions began, more than 21 ⁄ 2 years ago, the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce lacked the proper IRS paperwork to file for the grant itself, so it turned to The Greater Pittsburgh Charitable Trust, a community trust established in 1978. Many of those serving on the trust’s board also are involved in the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, including CEO Dennis Yablonsky. Originally, the cadre of organizations tried to secure a $500,000 grant, spread over two years. Of the money that was eventually awarded, the trust got $5,000 for audit costs. The audit will be done by an independent firm hired by the trust to review expenses. The USGA used its share of the state funds to pay for various advertising and marketing, including television spots,
n Bill Griffin, President of Oakmont C.C., talks about the recent Open, post-gazette.com. billboards, banners hung from bridges around Pittsburgh, as well as newspaper ads, said U.S. Open director Liz Leckemby. “[We spent] dollars on marketing and advertising and promotion to promote the championship and promote the fact that a major championship was coming to Western Pennsylvania and Oakmont Country Club,” Ms. Leckemby said. “The chamber focused on marketing the town and we focused on marketing the championship.” She added that the USGA does not always receive funds from states where the event is held, but when it does, the amount varies. The $170,000, she said, was in addition to money the organization already had made available for marketing. “The Women’s Open works real hard to market the championship,” Ms. Leckemby said. The men’s U.S. Open typically has no real trouble selling itself, but the Women’s Open requires some assistance. When the grant money was awarded by the state, a memorandum of understanding was drafted and signed between the USGA, the Greater Pittsburgh Charitable Trust and the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce to “create cooperative marketing efforts and processes to support
“The last Open here was great, but they were very efficient in getting people into town but —Rep. Frank Dermody, D-Oakmont not into Oakmont.”
was used for three smaller billboards. Many of the businesses reported sales up at least 25 percent, Ms. Tissue said. Grainne Trainor, one of the owners of The Mighty Oak Barrel restaurant, said her business had been doing well, with a mix of players, spectators and regulars visiting. At Hoffstot’s Cafe Monaco, co-owner Deborah Monaco said they were steadily busy through the days and packed at night. “It’s been much better coordinated and much better than the men’s Open,” she said. Like The Mighty Oak Barrel, Hoffstot’s saw a mix of patrons and had one popular repeat customer in phenom Michelle Wie. With the successes of the Women’s Open, the chamber already has begun dropping hints about implementing the improvements that worked this year into the planning of the next major tournament — the men’s Open in 2016. Whereas the Women’s Open pulled in around 98,538 people over the week and anticipated a $25 million to $30 million economic impact to the greater Pittsburgh economy, the men’s Open has brought in more than 270,000 spectators. With the proper paperwork now in place, Ms. Tissue said, the chamber might file for a state grant again, this time on its own behalf. She also estimates the chamber wouldn’t need a grant as large as $19,500. Somewhere close to $15,000 would suffice, she said.
both the U.S. Women’s Open and the town of Oakmont, Pa., so that the economic benefits of hosting a prestigious golf competition do not pass Oakmont, Pa., by again.”
A direct line At the men’s Open three years ago, the USGA did not allow the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce to have a presence at the country club nor was there any mass transit connection with the business district. Throughout the week that the Women’s Open was in town, buses puttered back and forth between the country club and the business district at peak hours. “The shuttle was definitely effective,” Ms. Tissue said. “A lot of people came into town because they had the option.” She and many retailers were relieved and pleasantly surprised by the success of the Women’s Open. “Everyone has worked together to make it a successful experience for the spectator as well as the merchant. I think I can speak on behalf of the merchants, we’re very happy,” said Carol Kinkela, owner of women’s clothing store Carabella. “The heat has certainly played in our favor, and the shuttle has been a wonderful addition as well.” When the chamber received its portion of the grant money, Ms. Tissue said it started to work with the USGA to get permission to have a presence at the country club. Of the grant money, a breakdown provided by the chamber showed that almost $4,683 was used to make 10,000 promotional books, $3,990 was used to put up three large billboards and $1,785
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Episcopal bishop in Erie asks sexual assault victims to step up bishop, FROM PAGE A-1 cer, he said. The other two were abused over a period of years. “It’s tragic,” he added. Bishop Davis, who led the Erie diocese from 1974 to 1991, resigned from the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops in 1994 as part of the resolution of those cases and died in 2007, at age 78. No information about the cases were ever made public by the national church. But after he heard about the abuse, Bishop Rowe contacted the national church’s presiding bishop, Katherine Jefforts Schori, who fully supported his decision to go public. If such allegations had surfaced under his watch, he added, police would have been imme-
diately contacted and canon law processes — put in place in recent years to protect children and youth from abuse — would have been followed. “I don’t know why things were handled the way they were,” he said, but he believed that the victims didn’t want the cases made public. His predecessor, Bishop Robert Rowley, who died in January, was aware of incidents of abuse as early as 1993 and reported them to the presiding bishop’s office, he said. While wishing to preserve the victims’ confidentiality, openness by the church is important, said Bishop Rowe, who, at 35, is the youngest bishop in the Episcopal Church. He was elected to the Erie post in 2007. “Christians tell the truth,” he
said. “We talk to our people about repentance, but you can’t repent if you can’t name what you’ve done. I’m personally devastated by the news that one of my predecessors would betray the trust of children,” he said. The church is not facing any litigation, he added. After one of the victims alerted him to the abuse in a phone call March 30, Bishop Rowe began an investigation that included consultations with licensed professionals outside the church organization who are experts in sexual abuse, he said. After contacting the Office of the Presiding Bishop in the Episcopal Church’s New York headquarters, Bishop Rowe was referred to the church’s Office for Pastoral Development, which
2007. He was born in New Castle and raised in Frederick, Md. He graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington in 1949 and Princeton Theological Seminary in 1952. He served in the dioceses of Washington, Indianapolis and Ohio before being elected the sixth Bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania in 1973, succeeding Bishop William Crittenden in the post. Those with any information can contact the Erie Episcopal Diocese can call 1-814-456-4203 or e-mail Bishop Rowe at bishop@ dionwpa.org. All exchanges will be confidential.
had kept records about the case, he said. “What I then learned was that in the past there were other allegations against him that I’d been completely unaware of,” Bishop Rowe said. It’s not clear exactly when the church first knew of the allegations, or how long the investigation proceeded, but ultimately, Bishop Rowe said, Rev. Davis was placed under an agreement prohibiting him from functioning as a bishop. “He was to undergo evaluation, receive counseling and resign from the House of Bishops,” he said. According to an obituary posted on the church’s website, Bishop Davis had been living in Sarasota, Fla., when he died in
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Sandcastle, County nearing bike trail agreement trail, FROM PAGE A-1 the tight access road and try to visualize a 10-foot-wide trail running between the road and the railroad tracks. I hope you will conclude that not having the available land wide enough for a trail does not make us stubborn,” said Peter McAneny, then-president of Kennywood Entertainment, in a 2008 letter to the Post-Gazette. Mr. McAneny and county officials announced later that year that a deal was close, but the talks got sidetracked when Kennywood Park and Sandcastle were sold. “We’re thrilled to be on the trail,” Mr. Judy said in a phone interview from California on Monday. “It’s been a very high priority for me to get this done.” He said the park owners did not want to be the only missing link. The site is accessible by a narrow two-lane road and has limited parking, which fills to capacity several times a year, he said. “It’s been an extremely tricky piece of property to work with.” The county helped to design a plan that would minimize the impact on parking by re-striping the lots. The trail will run parallel to the access road, Mr. Judy said. The trail developers cleared another major hurdle last week with placement of two bridges over railroad lines in the Mon Valley. Crews hoisted prefabricated bridges over active freight lines in Whitaker and Duquesne along the Monongahela River. That cleared the way for construction of a 21 ⁄ 2-mile section linking Duquesne and The Waterfront retail complex. That piece is expected to be completed in January. No construction timetable has been announced for the Sandcastle section. An agreement with the water park would keep the county on track to meet county Executive Dan Onorato’s goal of completing the entire trail by “11-11-11” — Nov. 11, 2011. Jon Schmitz: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1868. Visit “The Roundabout,” the PostGazette’s transportation blog, at post-gazette.com.
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