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Shakespeare Under the Park. . .

June 3, 2009 - Joselyn King
To drill or not to drill under Oglebay and Wheeling Parks? That's the question that seems to already have been answered by Wheeling leaders and park commission members.

On Tuesday, Wheeling City Council members unanimously passed a resolution establishing just how the city and park commission would divy up any royalties gushing up from natural gas deposits under the park lands.

Mostly, they'll split them down the middle. And any royalties coming from any property titled under "Wheeling Park" will stay with the park.

With that settled, it's still not a question of whether or not to drill. It's a question of where to drill.

And Randy Worls -- the current president and chief executive officer of the Oglebay Foundation who has been associated with the park for five decades -- promises the mining can be done without drilling anywhere near those areas most used by park patrons. Hopefully the tulips in Waddington Gardens , the bald eagle at the Good Zoo, the golf courses and the geese at Schenk Lake won't be affected.

We hope.

Wonder what Earl W. Oglebay might think?

******************************************* Overheard at Wheeling City Council Tuesday night:

Councilman Donald Atkinson commented on Mayor Andy McKenzie's recent running with the torch to start the Odgen Newspapers 20K Classic weekend.

"I for one doubted the athleticism of the mayor," Atkinson acknowledged. "But he ran his leg, and ran part of the leg with (Ohio County Administrator) Greg Stewart.

"I'm glad our mayor can run. He might have to run some day."


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