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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania Bans Fracking To Protect Their Citizens!!!


We need more elected officials to understand the negative costs of drilling and Fracking exceeds the financial benefit. The dangers are way too great to allow this dangerous practice.

Wilkinsburg council bans fracking from borough limits
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Wilkinsburg became the latest community in Allegheny County to ban Marcellus Shale gas drilling within its borders.
Borough council voted unanimously Wednesday night to adopt an ordinance that prohibits drilling or "fracking" — a term used to describe the process by which drilling companies inject a mixture of water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into a well in order to crack the shale and help gas to flow.
The vote was met with robust applause from the small gathering of citizens, assembled in council chambers, who have spent the last several months lobbying their elected officials to adopt an ordinance modeled after similar legislation passed last year by members of the Pittsburgh City Council.
"It's great that we are passing this, but it doesn't end our responsibilities," said Council Vice President Jason Cohn. "I don't know if there is a lot more we can do, but we need to see how we can continue to protect our citizens."
Councilwoman Pamela Macklin took it a step further by urging citizens to continue spreading the word about the dangers of fracking to neighboring communities, such as Penn Hills, that do not have laws banning fracking as well.
"Sometimes, the best legislation comes from the audience," Mr. Cohn added, noting that this ordinance would not have been passed it it hadn't been for concerned citizens bringing the issue before council.

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