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Environment & Energy

"Protect Our Parks" Fights Fracking in Allegheny County Parks

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This Tuesday, the Allegheny County Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance to put a 2-year moratorium on further fracking in county parks.

The ordinance was introduced by the volunteer organization Protect Our Parks. Joining us in Studio A are Joni Rabinowitz and John Detwiler, volunteers with the organization.

The office of Allegheny County executive Rich Fitzgerald said that he would veto any legislation related to a moratorium on fracking in county parks.

His office issued the following statement:

"The effort being led by Protect Our Parks is similar to legislation that was voted on previously and was defeated by Council. If such legislation were to pass, the Executive would veto it. He believes that blanket legislation sends a bad message to the industry and is a bad precedent. Each opportunity should be considered on a case by case basis. In the case of the Deer Lakes Park proposal, we were able to enter a lease that extends environmental protections to those communities that would not have been possible otherwise. That being said, the Executive has indicated that he has no intent of considering other drilling opportunities in the county at this time. He wants to see how the two current drilling operations will play out before moving forward with anything else."

John Detwiler talks about why Protect Our Parks wants to do away with fracking in the county parks: 

"Our concern is the parks. We think that the parks are valuable. We think the parks are intended for recreation and for nature and they’re not just another way of making money.”

If you are interested in this issue, there will be a public debate Tuesday February 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM. For more details visit www.protectparks.org/latest-update.