Pittsburgh City Council Approves Ban on Gas Drilling

"After Pittsburgh City Council gave final approval Tuesday to a ban on natural-gas production in the city, industry opponents vowed to press for similar prohibitions at the Allegheny County and state levels.

Council cited health and environmental concerns in passing the ban, which the industry has dismissed as illegal and supporters portrayed as part of a populist tide against Marcellus Shale gas production.

'We're going to be slowly poisoned if we don't rise up against this undemocratic, unconstitutional' industry, said Lincoln Place resident Loretta Weir, who is active in the group Marcellus Shale Protest."

Joe Smydo reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette November 17, 2010.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010