"Although I've been advised that the ban on Marcellus drilling in Pittsburgh could well be challenged in court on constitutional grounds, I believe that such drilling is an enormous threat to both Pittsburgh's watersheds and its air quality. In fact, I believe that unregulated Marcellus drilling could have a devastating impact on the already poor quality of our region's air. So I would support an amendment of the Home Rule Charter to reflect the present ban. I would also join in rewriting the city code's ban on drilling to comply with any court decision that might overturn the present ban. I have received advice that a rewritten restriction to Marcellus development could pass constitutional muster, and I would pursue that if it became necessary. My objection to drilling is essentially that our commonwealth's executive and its regulatory agencies seem to have little regard for the dangers inherent to our City and the regional environment. I have almost no confidence, today, that the state government will exercise it's legal oversight responsibility to protect our natural resources and quality of life from reckless, unregulated development."
LISA MALOSH, DERON GABRIEL, TODD MILLER, JOE HOROWITZ Township Commission
Candidate’s statement on Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling: I am in full support of the legal defense of our Township's Oil and Gas Ordinance. My stance on Marcellus Shale is to be as restrictive as possible and to provide the strongest legal protection for our Township. Safeguards must be put into place. It is a Commissioner's duty to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents.
Natural gas drilling is an industrial operation and should be treated as such. It should not be permitted in our residential and conservation district zones, which include our homes, schools and parks.
Candidate’s statement on Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling: I am in favor of the most restrictive regulations allowed under currernt Pennsylvania law. I am in full support of the legal defense of our township's oil and gas ordinance and believe that it is the responsibility of local government to promote the health, safety and welfare of it's residents.
Johnston's statement: "I am not opposed to developing business and growing jobs in Butler County but I am against woeful irresponsibility and unaccountability. Until the multi-billion dollar gas industry can be sufficiently regulated to ensure minimal damage to our health, safety, and environment, that their efforts are creating local, well-paid jobs, and the natural gas which belongs to all of us is being used to our collective benefit as well as their profit then I am in favor of a moratorium on exploiting the shale."
CHERRY VALLEY BOROUGH
MICHAEL BAGDES-CANNING (G) - Councilman
**WRITE IN CANDIDATE **
Held position for the last 23 years
Organizer with Marcellus Outreach Butler (AKA MOB).
Involved with the recent action at the Marburger Dairy, as a Marshall on the march and Police Liaison, along with the Pittsburgh ACLU.
Currently working on two initiatives: a community rights ordinance training for elected officials in Butler County, an interfaith forum that will examine the morality of shale gas development.
Candidate statement on Marcellus drilling: I am in strong support of a Community Bill of Rights and a Fracking Ban for the State College Borough. One thousand citizens of the Borough have already signed in support over the summer to assert our right to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the environment. I encourage every voter to review and inform themselves on the document either online or at the polls. It is important to have the people’s voice heard on these matters, and I encourage you all to make it out on November 8th to get your opinion heard!
"My main platform is getting non-constituent money out of our democratic republic. Until we do that, we are just two divided teams, half as strong as we could be. Big O&G, Big Ag, Big Pharma and Big Finance will keep laughing at us in our Tom-foolery...all the way to the bank on our dime." ~ Steve Todd
Candidate statement: "We all have a right to clean air and clean water. As an Independent candidate for PA's 9th, I want to lead the fight to pass legislation to hold the gas industry accountable for the damage they do. In general some Democrats are in support of restrictions but both parties are easily bought. I've come to the conclusion that we must run Independents in 2012 who will refuse to take corporate money and refuse to meet with lobbyists and corporate bankers once elected. My election is in Nov. 2012 but I started early this year to garner support."