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July 20, 2010

Marcellus Shale Allegheny County Council Hearing Tomorrow

Allegheny County Council will hold a public hearing tomorrow "to allow the opportunity for public comment regarding Marcellus Shale-related natural gas drilling within Allegheny County" (more here).

WHEN: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: In the Gold Room, 4th Floor of the Allegheny County Courthouse, 436 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Please note that in order to speak at the hearing, you must register with the clerk 24 hours prior to the meeting:
Individuals wishing to speak must register with the County Council Clerk online at, via e-mail (, in person at Room 119 Courthouse, or by phone (412-350-6490), no later than 24 hours prior to the scheduled beginning of the hearing. Each registered speaker will be allotted a maximum of three (3) minutes.

Written testimony will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on July 23, 2010.
Also note that while Pittsburgh City Council is thankfully skeptical of urban drilling, County Council seems to be decidedly more gung ho (I base that assessment on a recent appearance by County Council President Rich Fitzgerald and City Councilor Doug Shields on a local TV show).


Gloria said...

The difference in tone couldn't have anything to do with the $1000 campaign contribution Mr. Fitzgerald received last month from Range Resources, could it?

Maria said...

Of course not! Corps. & PACs give don ations without any expectation of return on their dollars.

They do it out of the goodness of their hearts.


Gloria said...

@ today's Council mtg. Dowd said that the Marcellus Coalition's exec. dir., Kathryn Klaber, has refused his invite to the Lawrenceville mtg. on drilling.

Guess they're not paying her overtime.
In her defense she's crafting wonderfully fanciful press releases for the Coalition. Klaber's a 21st century Mother Goose.