This is great news for current and future residents of Pittsburgh whose elected officials listened to residents and voted unanimously to ban drilling within city limits! 9 for the ban, 0 against!
This is (finally!) a victory for people over corporate interests and profits.
I am so proud of all the people here who worked tirelessly to educate and mobilize their friends and neighbors and to hold their elected officials accountable. This is so inspiring for community activists everywhere.
To those who attended public hearings despite state and industry intimidation, went to protests, signed petitions, wrote letters to the editor, attended community meetings, went to public viewings of Gasland; to Josh Fox for making the film that exposed so many of the problems with fracking, and to the business owners that hosted meetings and Gasland viewings:
Thank you so much.
As you know…
Thank you to Councilmember Doug Shields for sponsoring the bill banning the drilling, for putting the health of people and our natural resources ahead of money, for prioritizing people over profits.
Thank you to Council President Darlene Harris for supporting the ban and rebutting gas industry claims that the ban would cost jobs: “There’s going to be a lot of jobs for funeral homes and hospitals,” Mrs. Harris said, referring to health concerns associated with gas production. “That’s where the jobs are. Is it worth it?”
The people of Pittsburgh have said no, it’s not worth it, and the City Council listened and voted with the health of the people and the region in mind.
Thank you to all the Councilmembers who voted unanimously to oppose drilling within Pittsburgh.
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, however, is unconvinced and non-committal and might consider vetoing the ban, but I urge him to side with the people on this issue and not be swayed by the lure of a temporary influx of cash.
We don’t want jobs destroying our environment, compromising our soil, blackening our air and lungs, and contaminating our drinking water.
We want investment in jobs that build up the community, that nurture and educate children, that beautify our lovely city, that bring people together, that make the most of our natural resources, rather than trashing them for short-term financial gain.
Mayor Ravenstahl, do not veto this bill.
Support this ban and support the people of Pittsburgh.
This story has gone global and it demonstrates that ordinary citizens do have the ability to stand up to wealthy private interests.
How to work towards a drilling ban in your own town?
Check out Marcellus Protest
Here are some tips from Pittsburgh organizer Gloria Forouzan
Background and analysis of Marcellus Shale industry by the Real News Network
Watch Gasland and share your story
Write letters to the editor
Talk to your neighbors