Allegheny County Legislator Seeks Three Year Ban

sealAs natural gas continues to expand in Western Pennsylvania, including the area in and around the great City of Pittsburgh, an Allegheny County councilwoman seeks a three year ban on fracking with respect to the county’s parks.  Specifically, the bill states the law will

enforce a three year hold on drilling, exploration, of surface or subsurface development relating to natural gas extraction on any property located within the boundary of any County park. Under no circumstances shall County Council authorize any such activities prior to January 1, 2017.

The councilwoman supporting the bill claims not to be anti-fracking, but instead seeks a more “deliberative” process before fracking is permitted in county parks.  The move comes as county executives were reportedly in talks with energy companies to to drilling rights under a local park.   The bill may ultimately be vetoed.

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