Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pittsburgh City Council Unanimously Calls for Drilling Ban

By Bill Vidonic
November 10, 2010

Pittsburgh City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to legislation that would ban Marcellus shale drilling in the city.

Council voted 8-0 on the measure that Councilman Doug Shields introduced to stop natural -as companies from drilling into the gas-rich shale. Critics say the process used to extract gas from the shale could contaminate water supplies.

Attorneys representing gas companies have said they likely will challenge the ban in court. Shields acknowledged that legal challenges are expected.

The state Department of Environmental Protection and the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulate drilling.