Allegheny – Pittsburgh has adopted the first-in-the-nation community rights ordinance which elevates the right of the community to decide, and the rights of nature over the “rights” associated with corporate personhood. The City Council unanimously adopted this ordinance banning corporations from conducting natural gas drilling in the city.

The Borough Council of West Homestead, Pennsylvania, unanimously adopted an ordinance that enacts a Local Bill of Rights, along with a prohibition on natural gas extraction to protect the rights.  The bill, titled “West Homestead Borough’s Community Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance;  establishes specific rights of West Homestead residents, including the Right to Water, the Rights of Natural Communities, the Right to a Sustainable Energy Future, and the Right to Community Self-Government.

Collier Township upgraded its natural gas drilling ordinance to enhance their Marcellus Shale Ordinance that would push drillers farther away from schools and provide baseline measurements for noise levels at drilling sites.

Baldwin Borough Council has adopted a community rights ordinance that bans the corporate extraction of natural gas.

Forest Hills council has voted to move forward with an ordinance that would ban natural gas drilling.

Wilkinsburg Borough Council unanimously adopted a community rights ordinance that bans gas drilling.

Cambria – The town of Cresson has enacted legislation that bans fracking.

Clarion – The Board of Supervisors for Licking Township voted unanimously on to adopt an ordinance banning corporations from dumping fracking wastewater in the township. The Licking Township Community Water Rights and Self-Government Ordinance is the first ordinance of its kind adopted in Pennsylvania to confront the threat of Marcellus Shale drilling.

Franklin – Washington Township has banned fracking.

Luzerne – Lehman Township has an ordinance calling for a “home rule” and a ban on drilling within the surrounding township area.

Philadelphia – Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed the pro-moratorium Resolution on Marcellus Shale Drilling Environmental and Economic Impacts. The city also refuses to purchase Marcellus Shale gas.

Washington – A recent vote to ban natural gas drilling in Peters Township did not pass. Citizens groups continue to press for legislation.

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Ethane Cracker Plant

Shell recently announced that they will be building a $6 billion ethane cracker plant near Pittsburgh. This plant will boost employment, economic development, and commercial real estate, while encouraging more shale drilling throughout the region.


The upcoming construction of the new multi-billion dollar Shell ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, PA, means that there are unlimited opportunities for everyone who is involved in any aspect of regional business development. Marcellus Utica Connection is seeking strategic partners to launch marketing initiatives and connect the different industries that will most benefit during this time of unprecedented growth.