Allegheny County

[Allegheny County] Council staffer listed concerns in gas deal

From the Pgh. Post-Gazette:
Allegheny County Council approved a $500 million drilling deal despite concerns raised by a senior staff member that weren't shared before the vote.

Three of council's 15 members, including the president, received a memo over the weekend from director of legislative services Jared Barker that posed serious questions about the contract with Consol Energy to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport.

In a version of the memo forwarded among council members the day after the vote, Mr. Barker listed 27 questions he'd want answered before giving further advice. Among other concerns, he questioned the length of the lease, who would control the contract and how the land would be taxed.

None of those questions had been addressed publicly, he wrote.
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Follow-up actions on "airport fracking" legislation

We've endured the manufactured media event that was Allegheny County's "public hearing" on airport fracking. There are two more opportunities to show your commitment:

  • Send written comments to Allegheny County Council by 5pm, Friday, Feb. 15
  • Attend the meeting of the "Public Works Committee" of Council: (Thurs., Feb. 14, 4:30pm, 'Conference Rm 1' at County Courthouse)

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Councilman Shields Issues Statement In Response To County Executive Onorato

doug shieldsAllegheny County Executive questions the legality of Pittsburgh referendum on Fracking. Pittsburgh City Councilman Doug Shields responds.There's more…

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"Pittsburgh sends natural gas ban to mayor" - article in Politico

The second-largest city in Marcellus Shale-rich Pennsylvania is taking a harder line against natural gas drilling.There's more…

Pittsburgh City Council Votes to place Community Bill of Rights and Ban on Gas Extraction on the Ballot in November

pittsburgh city councilOn Monday, August 1st, Pittsburgh City Council, by a vote of 6-3, approved the placing of a referendum question on the November ballot that will allow City residents to amend the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter.There's more…

City council approves gas production referendum

Pittsburgh City Council on Monday approved a referendum on natural gas production with a six-member majority -- enough to override a veto -- but it's unclear whether voters will see the issue on the November ballot.There's more…

Shields Introduces Legislation That Will Give Pittsburghers A Vote On Marcellus Shale Drilling

Pittsburgh City Councilman Doug Shields introduces legislation to add a referendum on the November 8, 2011 general election ballot which proposes an incorporation of a “Bill of Rights” and ban of corporate gas extraction to the Home Rule Charter.There's more…

Hundreds speak out on shale gas drilling

photo of audience in hearingSpeakers and spectators filled the Gold Room of the Allegheny County Courthouse to capacity on Thursday night for a public hearing on Marcellus Shale gas drilling.There's more…

Strange bedfellows

At the Allegheny County Air Quality Advisory Committee meeting last Tuesday February 15 we learned we have an unlikely ally in the drive to control gas-drilling air pollution. That ally is existing industry! Strange bedfellows, eh?There's more…

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