Opponents Of Natural Gas Drilling Get A Hearing
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown held a hearing Tuesday night for opponents of natural gas drilling in the Delaware River watershed, a four-state area that includes Philadelphia.
Testimony and other documents will be forwarded to the Delaware River Basin Commission, the body that oversees the watershed and is setting rules for drilling there. No drilling will take place until the rules are established.
Speakers at Tuesday's hearing urged a moratorium of up to three years, until more extensive environmental studies could be conducted.
Brown, who sits on Council's Committee on the Environment, has supported a similar moratorium. The hearing was held in a packed Council chamber.
Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown Introduces LEAD Poisoning Prevent Bill
The purpose of the bill is to protect the health and safety of the public, especially children, by insuring that lead hazards are identified and remediated in rental properties in the City of Philadelphia. Landlords will be required to obtain certification stating that their property is lead-safe or lead-free before entering into a new lease with a tenant.
Reynolds Brown Strives to Make Philadelphia the Greenest City in America
Mayor Nutter signs bill introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and passed by City Council, which calls for new construction and major renovation of large city government buildings to be designed, constructed and certified at the silver level of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED-silver requirement within Bill No. 080025 applies to construction projects over 10,000 square feet that are primarily funded by city capital dollars and are controlled by the City.“This ordinance is a key step in a new direction for the city of Philadelphia and is evidence that we are leading by example when it comes to sustainability and green building design,” said Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds.
Tax abatements for green building
Late last week, Councilman Curtis Jones and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced legislation that would modify the 10-year property tax abatement of new constructions, conversions and big improvements so that it would be contingent upon obtaining LEED certification.