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.