In light of Pittsburgh's newly updated zoning ordinance on backyard farm animals, are you dreaming of raising chickens? Worried about the recent Centers for Disease Control warnings about kissing and snuggling your chickens?
It’s a Wednesday afternoon on Brighton Road in Marshall-Shadeland, one of the North Side’s two dozen neighborhoods. A small business district runs along the street.
“It should not be around schools, or residents, or farmland; I mean, it’s ridiculous.”
On a hot afternoon along a backed-up, rush-hour-plagued two-lane road, parents rally in the front yard of a school, holding cardboard cut-outs of children that bear written phrases like “Don’t Frack My Future” and “Your Job is to Protect Me.” Some drivers honk in approval, while others yell “Frack, baby, frack.” But those parents standing along Route 228 are outraged that there’s unconventional natural gas drilling — or “fracking” — just about a half mile from their kids’ schools.
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