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Allegheny County Council’s Public Hearing & Clean-Water Group Legal Action Thursday March 10, 2011

March 12, 2011

“County Council is mulling bills to prohibit gas wells within either 500 feet or 2,000 feet of residential structures. But many speakers — 112 citizens registered to speak — asked council to go further and ban or put a moratorium on Marcellus shale drilling.”

Thursday March 10 at the Allegheny County Courthouse a public hearing was held that brought out citizens both pro and anti gas drilling.  The Pittsburgh Tribune Review estimates over 400 people were there to have their voices heard and both sides held rallies.

At the Allegheny Courthouse Public Hearing pro-water advocate Elizabeth Donohoe (source Justin Merriman Tribune Review)

Going above and beyond public hearings, in a first, two clean water groups filed lawsuits that will take issues to the Federal level.

“Clean Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper filed legal action yesterday (Thursday March 10) against municipal authorities in McKeesport and Greene County. The authorities are dumping treated wastewater from Marcellus shale wells into waterways, and the filings will allow the environmental groups in two months to file a federal lawsuit under the Clean Water Act, said Myron Arnowitt, state director of Clean Water Action.”

The legal filing from Clean Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper can be downloaded from Clean Water Action’s website.
 

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