Marcellus Shale drilling in the city: learn more

District 7 Councilman Patrick Dowd’s office asked that we share this invitation with our readers:

On July 29, 2010, from 7pm-8:30pm, my office will be hosting a panel discussion at the Teamsters Temple in Lawrenceville regarding Marcellus Shale drilling and its impact on the urban environment. We will be opening our doors at 6:30 for community members and leaders to explore and discover information at a variety of organizational tables that we would like to have in the room.  We would be honored if you would attend this informational event to learn more about how drilling can impact your community.

Marcellus Shale has come to our attention, most recently through indication that some property owners—almost 60 to date– in District 7 have signed away the mineral rights to their properties to Marcellus Shale drillers in our region. Our office is responding by creating legislation that will respect the rights of property owners and businesses while protecting our valuable City resources including waterways, riverfronts, street infrastructure and the health and well-being of community members.

We would like you to attend and ask questions of the environmental, social and industry groups present on July 29th. We would be most appreciative of your involvement and encourage you to share this invitation with others who may be interested.  Should you have any further questions, please contact me or my staff at 412.255.2140 or

With best regards,

Patrick Dowd
Councilman, District 7
City of Pittsburgh