Tuesday, November 09, 2010

City drilling

For those watching what is up with City Council today and a proposed ban on gas drilling in the city (also being live tweeted by Bob Mayo).  Nothing new, but a map of where we have found recent oil and gas leasing within city limits is online here fyi.   Not much, but some and mostly concentrated in a few neighborhoods.   I am a bit curious by all the attention of late.  I think some firms wanted to come in and do this, but for the time being have already been dissuaded by the political push back.  When I first noticed commerical interest in drilling within city limits, there was not much notice.  I guess nobody really thought it was for real.  I still am a bit surprised a couple firms were trying to aggregate parcels in Lawrenceville which just has such tiny parcel sizes.

There is a picture out there somewhere of a natural gas derrick right in the middle of East Liberty during the great natural gas binge a century ago.  I can't find it at the moment.. anyone know what I am referring to and have a source?


Anonymous The Wiz said...

I see on the news that the drilling ban passed but I'm not sure it will hold. My understanding of the municipal code is that municipalities cannot ban a business practice but only pass laws to control it. Years ago many municipalities tried to ban porn shops and nude dancing clubs but it was ruled illegal.

They have the right to issue laws limiting location, hours of operations, noise control, things that would impact a community. They could pass enough as to inhibit a business but an outright ban is illegal.

Do I have that right?

Tuesday, November 09, 2010 11:21:00 PM  

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