COUNCILMAN DOUG SHIELDS WANTS TO BAN DRILLING FOR NATURAL GAS IN THE CITY OF PITTSBURGH

Will Introduce

“Pittsburgh’s Community Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance”

(Monday, August 16, 2010 – Pittsburgh, PA) City Councilman Doug Shields will hold a press conference on Tuesday, August 17th at 11:00 AM where he is expected to announce his intention to introduce legislation that will ban corporations from drilling for natural gas within the city.

Drafted by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, the “Pittsburgh’s Community Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance” would make it unlawful for any corporation to engage in drilling in the city.

“Many people think that this is only about gas drilling.  It’s not – it’s about our authority as a municipal community to say “no” to corporations that will cause damage to our community.  It’s about our right to local self-government.”

Ben Price, Projects Director for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, will attend the press conference and be available to take questions.  The press conference will take place in the City Council Conference Room.

Contact:

Connie Sukernek
510 City-County Building
Pittsburgh, PA  15219
412-841-7302

Ben Price, Projects Director
Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
P.O. Box 2016
Chambersburg, PA  17201
717-254-3233

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