A few years ago city council voted Pittsburgh the first city in the country to outlaw fracking -- the process of extracting gas from the Marcellus Shale. This industrial process has proved to be dangerous and destructive to our air, water, land and all living things.
We have a mayoral election next week and only one candidate, Bill Peduto, is pledged to keep the city free from fracking. I feel confident that when he's elected mayor he will keep his word since, as a member of council, he was active in developing the ban in the first place.
People say, "Oh, they won't frack in the city." But there are already more than 360 acres of land in the city of Pittsburgh under lease agreements with drilling companies. This includes St. Mary and Calvary cemeteries and parts of Lincoln Place. I don't know about you, but I don't trust them.
I'm voting for Bill Peduto to keep fracking out of the city, and also because he has a progressive, imaginative and creative program to move our city forward.