Pittsburgh Pol Turns Up The Heat On Fracking

Law360, New York (November 14, 2011, 7:55 PM EST) -- A Pittsburgh city councilman who successfully pushed through a ban on hydraulic fracturing last year said Monday that he will introduce legislation aimed at holding corporations and government agencies responsible for any water contamination caused by natural gas drilling.

Councilman Doug Shields said his “toxic trespass” ordinance would protect Pittsburgh's drinking water from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations upstream. Shields said in a statement that he is concerned that certain substances used in fracking, when mixed with detergents used in municipal water treatment, could create potential...
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