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"Pittsburgh’s Community Protection from Natural Gas Extraction Ordinance"

This is the actual text of the ordinance which was passed by the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) City Council in a vote of 9-0 on November 16, 2010:


Open Letter to Communities Working to Stop Fracking (November 16, 2010)

This morning, the Pittsburgh City Council became the first municipality in the United States to ban natural gas extraction within its boundaries. The ordinance isn’t just a ban – it consists of a new Bill of Rights for Pittsburgh residents (which includes a right to water along with rights for ecosystems and nature), and then proceeds to ban those activities – including natural gas extraction - which would violate those rights. 

Check out my latest radio interview - on 9/27/2010

My latest radio interview is one hour long, on KOWS-FM in Occidental, CA. I was interviewed by Ken Rose on his weekly show called "What Now". You can download and listen to it anytime. Go to, then go to "Season Two", 9/27/10, and click on my name. There are literally hundreds of hour-long interviews there worth listening to.

Pittsburgh may become the first U.S. city to ban natural gas drilling within the city

Residents of Pittsburgh, PA, are asking their City Council to pass what would be the nation's very first ban on natural gas drilling within city limits. And it appears they may get their wishes as early as next month, when the Council plans to vote on this groundbreaking ordinance. 

The ordinance is titled:

CELDF's Thomas Linzey to speak at Earth at Risk Conference in San Francisco, October 16, with Derrick Jensen

CELDF Executive Director Thomas Linzey is one of a small group of key thinkers invited to participate in the day-long Earth at Risk event in San Francisco on October 16, 2010. 

The Mondragon Cooperative Experience: A Model for Richmond, California?

Worker's co-ops are one of the most transformative things communities can undertake. The Mayor of Richmond, California, Gayle McLaughlin, is about to launch an extraordinary working relationship with the world's largest worker co-op movement, from the Basque region of Spain. Could YOUR community do the same?

"Court's Campaign Money Ruling is a Red Herring" by Jane Anne Morris

Before running off trying to counter the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (FEC), we ought to sort out what this decision does and does not do.

My letter of concern to re: its new campaign opposing the Citizens United Supreme Court decision

I wrote this critical letter to’s office on August 19th. As I had expected, I have received no response at all as of today (six days later), other than an automatically generated one. I wanted to share it with my readers as I continue to hear how widespread are these concerns from among its millions of members…..

"Look to Congress for Supreme Court Fix", by Jane Anne Morris

 How is it unconstitutional for a state to require place-of-origin labels on meat? Regulate sale of its water? Establish worker protections stricter than federal standards? Where does the US Constitution say that states cannot require that toxic waste be sorted and labeled? Cannot include labor standards in state purchasing policy? Cannot make companies disclose what chemicals they use in products and facilities?

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