"WASHINGTON, Pa. - Gov. Ed Rendell met with officials in western Pennsylvania on Tuesday to garner support for a tax on Marcellus Shale drillers, while a Pittsburgh councilman introduced a bill to ban the drilling altogether in the city.
Rendell met with local officials, business leaders and environmental groups in Washington, which has experienced the most Marcellus Shale drilling in the region to date. The governor was greeted by about two dozen protesters holding red, white and blue signs calling for an end to the drilling.
Rendell said the drilling is creating new challenges for communities that are worried about the environmental effects of the process used to extract natural gas and about incurring the costs associated with drilling accidents.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves the injection of millions of gallons of chemical-laden water deep underground to break up the shale and let natural gas escape, leaving much of the water below ground.:" More>>>>