Council Votes To Ban Marcellus Shale Drilling

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – City Council passed an ordinance to ban Marcellus Shale drilling with a unanimous vote Tuesday morning.

Pittsburgh City Council’s vote was 9-0 to adopt an ordinance that would ban Marcellus Shale drilling in Pittsburgh.

In defending her vote, City Council President Darlene Harris said drilling would create jobs at hospitals and funeral homes.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition released a statement on the vote.

“The vote represents a blow to the city’s weak financial standing and at the same time is a straightforward attack on individual property rights.”

Drilling opponents expect a court challenge.

Council has a potential backup – another bill that would not ban, but limit gas drilling.

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