On Neville Island, in the Ohio River, a few miles west of downtown Pittsburgh, the eastern end of island is thick with chemical and industrial plants, belching out smoke and steam.
(Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action applauded the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling today that overturned Act 13, state legislation backed by Gov. Corbett and the oil and gas industry to rewrite state gas drilling rules. The court specifically overturned portions of Act 13 that required municipalities to allow drilling in all zoning districts, including residential areas.
“We opposed the restrictions on municipal zoning rights that Act 13 represented, and we are pleased to see the courts agree that Governor Corbett and our state legislature cannot allow one industry to ignore local laws,” stated Myron Arnowitt, PA State Director for Clean Water Action.
The Allegheny River belongs to you. It is a source of drinking water and used for swimming, boating, and fishing. We share your commitment to protecting the Allegheny River. That is why we took legal action when we learned that discharges of gas drilling wastewater from Waste Treatment Corporation (WTC) were harming the Allegheny’s water quality and aquatic life. A month after Clean Water Action filed a federal suit against WTC, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is finally taking action.
We need action now to secure a clean water future for everyone. I support the goal of fishable, swimmable, drinkable water for Pennsylvania and throughout the country.
Success on many of our top clean water priorities has never been closer - restoring protection for small streams and wetlands, controlling polluted runoff,
reducing toxic pollution that threatens our drinking water, and more - we just need you. This progress, and the positive momentum we're talking about didn’t happen automatically — it happened thanks to Clean Water Action members like you.