This is a very big deal. What a brave state government. And kudos to Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.
Source : Charleston Gazette
WELLSBURG, W.Va. — A Northern Panhandle city is saying no thanks to natural gas drilling and the revenue it can provide.
Media outlets report that Wellsburg City Council voted Tuesday night to ban drilling and fracking within 1 mile of the city limits. The ordinance extends the ban outside Wellsburg’s limits because of concerns about the city’s drinking water.
City Solicitor Bill Cipriani says state law allows cities to extend their authority within a mile outside their borders if necessary.
Chesapeake Energy objected to the ban. Chesapeake is among the many companies rushing to tap the Marcellus shale reserve.
Other local governments in West Virginia have signed deals with drilling companies, including McMehen, Wheeling, Morgantown and the Marshall County school district.
Source : New York Times
Pittsburgh became the first city in gas-rich Pennsylvania to ban natural gas drilling after City Council members unanimously approved the measure Tuesday. The council, which cited health and environmental concerns, received a standing ovation after voting 9 to 0 to approve the ban within city limits. Pittsburgh sits atop the Marcellus Shale, a large rock formation that spreads across parts of New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Drilling companies have been flocking to those states to tap into the vast natural gas reserves. The companies use what is called fracking to break up the rock; opponents say the chemicals used in the process can contaminate water and air.