Bravo, Philly. And thank you, Delaware Riverkeeper and Delaware Riverkeeper Network for spreading the word.
“WHEREAS, Act 13 removes all meaningful zoning and planning authority from local governments as to the Oil & Gas industry, while a…ll other entities, be they individual, corporate, or institutional, still must abide by local ordinances;
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That it hereby supports the Commonwealth Court decision which found Act 13 unconstitutional because it removes from local governments the ability to meaningfully legislate in a manner that protects the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens by addressing localized concerns to oil and gas development and violates both the Pennsylvania and U.S. Constitutions, creating a zoning scheme that supersedes the protections local officials are sworn to uphold; as well as the health, safety and welfare of its residents that local officials must protect.”
Tell Philadelphia City Council: To protect drinking water and public health, oppose Act 13! Vote YES on Resolution 120740!
10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 27
Room 400, Philadelphia City Hall, downtown Philadelphia, PA
Speak in support of Resolution 120740
IF YOU GO: Sign up ahead to speak with the Chief Clerk, 215-686-3410. You can go without signing up on Thursday but you must see the Sergeant-at-Arms to register to speak. He will be at Room 400, where Council meets, or Room 491.
IF YOU CANNOT GO and LIVE IN Philadelphia: Contact your City Councilmember for a YES vote on Resolution 120740. To find your councilmember: http://philadelphiacitycouncil.net/council-members/
IF YOU CANNOT GO and LIVE OUTSIDE Philadelphia: Contact At-Large Councilmembers for a YES vote on Resolution 120740. I sent the following to each of the 7 At-Large Council Member. Feel free to copy and paste:
Vote YES on Resolution 120740 in opposition to Act 13
Although I do not live in Philly, I am a fellow PA citizen.
I enjoin the Delaware Riverkeeper in requesting City Council vote YES on Resolution 120740 in opposition to Act 13. R-120740 states it most concisely: “Act 13 removes all meaningful zoning and planning authority from local governments as to the Oil & Gas industry, while all other entities, be they individual, corporate, or institutional, still must abide by local ordinances.”
This is unfair to Philadelphia as well as PA citizens.
Thank you for your time.