Keep fracking out of Pittsburgh and away from Children's Hospital!
  • Petitioned Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

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Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
Pittsburgh City Council

Keep fracking out of Pittsburgh and away from Children's Hospital!

    1. Petition by

      Citizens for a Livable Pittsburgh

In 2010, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously voted to ban drilling in the city of Pittsburgh. Hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking, is thought by many to carry with it a multitude of negative effects on the environment as well as the health and well being of those living near drilling sites.

If allowed within Pittsburgh city limits, these concerns could include, but are not limited to air pollution, damage to our city’s infrastructure, the possibility of toxic chemical spills, fires/explosions at drilling sites, noise pollution, and, last but not least, the aesthetic degradation of our beautiful city and its neighborhoods. A chemical spill in certain locations could also mean further pollution of our rivers and your drinking water.  

Now Pittsburgh’s drilling ban is being threatened.  Gas companies like Chevron have voiced interest in renting downtown office space, but will only do so if the ban is repealed.  This has thrust the ban into the spotlight once again and Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is actively working to have the ban overturned.

There are over a hundred gas leases already signed within Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods.  One of the most concerning is located at 4503 Penn Avenue. This is the address of St. Mary’s Cemetery. It is NEXT DOOR to Children’s Hospital. Under current state law, drilling can occur a mere 500 feet from a standing structure. 

And, in an ironic twist, PA law also contains a provision that requires doctors to sign a confidentially agreement in order to access information on the toxic chemicals used in the fracking process. In other words, if hospital patients or members of the surrounding community become sick as a result of drilling activity, doctors would be prohibited from disclosing a connection between these chemicals and a specific illness.

This is the time to be proactive and make sure the ban is not overturned.

Let’s keep fracking out of our city. 

Let’s keep it out of our neighborhoods. 

Let’s keep it away from our hospitals, schools, churches, cemeteries, parks, and homes.

Tell Mayor Ravenstahl and city council to keep Pittsburgh livable!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Andrew Ostrowsky LEWISBURG, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Fracking is a dangerous practice even when practiced with the utmost precautions. It should not be allowed to continue in PA.

    • ted linafelt PITTSBURGH, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      fracking sucks!

    • Kerry O'Connor PITTSBURGH, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      Why are we exposing ourselves to these risks when citizens of Western PA already suffer health related ailments related to the quality of our air, and some cases, the toxins in our water? Given the significant history of Pittsburgh's poor treatment of our air and water as a result of industrial enterprises, I am saddened and worried that our rolling hills and even our city landscapes are being decimated for this purpose. What would Rachel Carson say?

    • alexandra stehman SARVER, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is blatant corruption and abuse of power. We Pennsylvanians, many of whom have lifelong investments here in the state, do not want the transient interests of the gas industry to rule our government and ruin our lives. We are on the brink of civil unrest, neighbors turned against neighbors, one municipality against another, communities against their representatives. The long term, intangible costs of allowing this highly industrial process to run rampant are much, much higher than any short-term profits from drilling. Just look at Texas, Wyoming, or Colorado.

      Keep Pittsburgh to Pittsburghers, not BO&G!

    • Todd Spencer GIBSONIA, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I like clean water.


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