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Your Allegheny County council Rhetoric Roll Call: Drilling moratorium edition

Published by Andrew McGill on .

Last night, county council member Barbara Daly Danko pulled the trigger on her proposed three-year moratorium on drilling in county parks, forcing a vote before the entire council.

Though her motion to pull it from committee was successfull, the vote on the moratorium failed. See how each council member voted after the jump, as best as I could transcribe.

James Burns, D-Millvale

District 3

Voted yes to pull from committee, abstained on final vote.

Said he abstained because of pending litigation with drillers.

 

Barbara Daly Danko, D-Regent Square

District 11

Voted yes to pull from committee, voted yes on final vote.

On pulling from committee: Said the bill has waited in committee long enough. "People all over Allegheny County want us to discuss this. We haven't. it's been discussed all around us, and I think it's time for a vote."

On moratorium: Said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald promised to see how drilling at the airport went before drilling anywhere else; doesn't believe he's kept that promise. "The gas isn't going anywhere. I think to push forward now, particularly in our parks, where we're the public stewards of the land owned by the people of Allegheny County — for us to go too fast, I think we're doing a disservice to our children, to our grandchildren."

John DeFazio, D-Shaler

At large

Voted no to pull from committee, voted no on final vote.

On moratorium: Said it should have gone through committee to see if abstentions were really necessary. Also wants more input from drillers. "We never heard hardly anyone from the other side," he said. "There's a lot of people making good points. We have to dig further deep into this."

Matt Drozd, I-Ross

District 1

Voted yes to pull from committee, abstained on final vote.

On pulling from committee: Wants council to pass a new rule requiring the bill's description to be read before a vote to pull from committee.

On moratorium: Abstained because of a connection to a friend who is involved in the "water reclamation business." (Council's solicitor appeared to have doubts Drozd's abstention was necessary.)

James Ellenbogen, D-Banksville

District 12

Voted no to pull from committee, voted no on final vote.

On moratorium: Said enacting the moratorium would only give drilling companies time to grow more powerful. "This is like putting a baby alligator in the sewer and waiting three years and saying, 'Go get it.'"

Nicholas Futules, D-Delmont

District 7

Voted no to pull from committee, voted no on final vote.

On pulling from committee: Said the bill should stay in committee until council has a drilling proposal to consider. 

On moratorium: Made fun of council members who abstained. "I have a gas furnace and a gas stove. Should I abstain?" Said the moratorium would take away his right as a council members to consider drilling proposals on a case-by-case basis. 

Michael Finnerty, D-Scott

District 4

Voted no to pull from committee and no on final vote.

On pulling from committee: Said the motion to pull from committee was short-circuiting council's accepted legislative process.

On moratorium: Called the moratorium "kicking the can down the road." Said council should consider the entire county while voting on drilling in parks, "not one group."

Amanda Green Hawkins, D-Stanton Heights

District 13

Voted yes to pull from committee and abstained on final vote.

On pulling from committee: Said it was looking unlikely Danko's bill would ever come up in committee as promised. "I want to be diplomatic. But what everyone seems to be tap-dancing around is that fact that it was presented that a committee meeting would be held and this bill would be discussed. That hasn't happened yet."

On moratorium: Abstained because of her husband's business interests in drilling.

Heather Heidelbaugh, R-Mt. Lebanon

At large

Voted yes to pull from committee and abstained on final vote.

On moratorium: Abstained because her law firm may represent drillers.

Krista Harris, R-Mt. Lebanon

District 5

Voted yes to pull from committee and no on final vote.

Gave no comment.


Robert Macey, D- West Mifflin

District 9

Voted no to pull from committee and no on final vote.

On moratorium: Says his constituents don't have a problem with shale drilling and want the jobs. "In my community, we look at it as a blessing."

John Palmiere, D-Baldwin Township

District 6

Voted no to pull from committee and no on final vote.

Gave no comment. Let it be noted: Palmiere was briefly a co-sponsor of the moratorium bill before pulling out after it was released, saying he was going on vacation.

Jan Rea, R-McCandless

District 2

Voted yes to pull from committee and no on final vote.

Gave no comment.

William Russell Robinson, D-Hill District

District 10

Voted yes to pull from committee and yes on final vote. Robinson was a cosponsor of the bill.

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