It was back in the summer of 2013 when many members of the local environmental community first became aware of Councilwoman Barbara Daly Danko. The issue before Allegheny County Council was the proposed fracking beneath Deer Lakes Park. Councilwoman Danko quickly became the key opponent of this proposal, calling for a 3-yr moratorium on fracking in County parks. She also opposed fracking at Pittsburgh airport. After fracking under Deer lakes was approved in May 2014 Councilwoman Danko lent her support to a citizens’ petition to place a 2-yr hold on fracking of any additional parks. Throughout this long campaign against the invested powers, we learned of Councilwoman Danko’s intelligence, tenacity, and courage. County Council and the citizens of Allegheny County lost a true friend when Barbara Daly Danko died from recurring cancer on May 6, during her bid for re-election to County Council.
NOTE: Barbara’s name will remain on the May 19 ballot and in accord with her wishes voters in District 11 are urged to still vote for her. If Barbara wins that vote, it will be the responsibility of the members of the Democratic Committee in that District to select a person to fill the vacant seat on County Council.