Ban Marcellus Shale Drilling in the City of Pittsburgh

What is the ban?

Introduced by City Council member Doug Shields, and co-sponsored by Council President Darlene Harris, the ban is: "An ordinance to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents and neighborhoods of Pittsburgh by banning the commercial extraction of natural gas within the city; establishing a bill of rights for Pittsburgh residents; and removing legal powers from gas extraction within the city." For a full PDF of the ordinance see the City Council's website.

What is the status of legislation?

On November 16th, 2010, Pittsburgh City Council voted 9-0 to enact the legislation. Read more...