hydraulic fracturing http://wesa.fm en Fitzgerald Faces Council, Activists Over Deer Lakes Gas Drilling Deal http://wesa.fm/post/fitzgerald-faces-council-activists-over-deer-lakes-gas-drilling-deal <p>Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald delivered his quarterly state of the county address Tuesday night and had plenty of praise for county departments.</p><p>Fitzgerald acknowledged public works for its handling of the roughest winter weather in recent memory, the health department for its successful efforts to improve air quality in the county and the medical examiner’s Office for a recent national award it received for ballistics work.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:48:48 +0000 Liz Reid 26092 at http://wesa.fm Fitzgerald Faces Council, Activists Over Deer Lakes Gas Drilling Deal Activists Call on City of Pittsburgh to Divest from Fossil Fuel Industry http://wesa.fm/post/activists-call-city-pittsburgh-divest-fossil-fuel-industry <p>Climate change activist Bill McKibben has been spending considerable time in Pittsburgh recently, first for the <a href="http://www.wearepowershift.org/conference/powershift2013">Power Shift 2013</a> conference in October, and on Monday to receive an award from the <a href="http://thomasmertoncenter.org/">Thomas Merton Center</a>.</p><p>The Thomas Merton Center bills itself as “Pittsburgh’s peace and social justice center,” and along with McKibben, they are launching a campaign to pressure the City of Pittsburgh and other regional institutions to divest from the fossil fuel industry.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:48:54 +0000 Liz Reid 19316 at http://wesa.fm Five Candidates Vie for Open Seat on Pittsburgh City Council http://wesa.fm/post/five-candidates-vie-open-seat-pittsburgh-city-council <p></p><p>The race for the District 7 Pittsburgh City Council seat looks to be wide open heading into the election Tuesday.&nbsp; Five candidates are vying for the spot vacated by Patrick Dowd in July.&nbsp; Politically, the candidates are as diverse as the district.</p><p>A Democrat, a Libertarian, and a handful of independents all want to represent District 7, which runs from the Strip District to Highland Park and includes Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Polish Hill, Friendship, Morningside, and Stanton Heights. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Strip District Redevelopment</strong></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 08:36:00 +0000 Liz Reid 19206 at http://wesa.fm Five Candidates Vie for Open Seat on Pittsburgh City Council Discussing Municipal Bans on Fracking http://wesa.fm/post/discussing-municipal-bans-fracking <p>In 2010, Pittsburgh was the first municipality in the nation to institute a ban on hydraulic fracturing. Many others have followed suit, including the boroughs of Baldwin, West Homestead and Wilkinsburg, as well as State College, PA.</p><p>Now citizens in Youngstown, Ohio are looking at the structure of Pittsburgh’s fracking ban in shaping a their own ordinances. PublicSource reporter Natasha Khan recently wrote about the <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/youngstown-debates-ban-fracking">ongoing debates</a> in Youngstown as it pertains to jobs and environmental concerns.</p><p>Opponents of the Youngstown ban say it’s unconstitutional for a municipality to regulate beyond state and federal law. Similar objections have also been raised in Pennsylvania. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:05:29 +0000 Heather McClain 17071 at http://wesa.fm Discussing Municipal Bans on Fracking Group to Urge County Council to Reject Fracking Proposals for Allegheny County Parks http://wesa.fm/post/group-urge-county-council-reject-fracking-proposals-allegheny-county-parks <p></p><p>Nothing has been decided yet, but Allegheny County Council is considering an offer to develop natural gas found under Deer Lakes Park.</p><p>A new group made up of several grass roots organizations is planning to urge the group to say “no.” Members of Protect Our Parks will deliver their message at Tuesday’s County Council meeting.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:52:42 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15094 at http://wesa.fm Rising Marcellus Shale Production Might Not Benefit Natural Gas http://wesa.fm/post/rising-marcellus-shale-production-might-not-benefit-natural-gas <p class="p1">Despite a declining number of wells, Marcellus Shale gas production in 2013 is up 50% from 2012. According to Nick Nanos, President and CEO of Nanos Research, this can be attributed at least in part to a shift of focus.</p><p class="p1">“The focus has been on higher quality drills and wells that can yield a greater value,” Nanos explains. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:33:51 +0000 Reid Carter 14992 at http://wesa.fm Rising Marcellus Shale Production Might Not Benefit Natural Gas Gasland Director Previews Part II http://wesa.fm/post/gasland-director-previews-part-ii <p></p><p>Filmmaker <strong><a href="http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/about-the-film/team">Josh Fox</a> </strong>joins us to talk about his HBO documentary "<a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/gasland/index.html">Gasland II</a>," a followup to 2010's "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1558250/">Gasland</a>." Fox says his latest film demonstrates how the stakes have been raised in the controversial method of natural gas and oil extraction in the last three years.</p><p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Katherine Blackley 11675 at http://wesa.fm Gasland Director Previews Part II