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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Key provisions of PA's gas drilling law voided by court - appeal to PA's top court filed - UPDATED

Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court has thrown out key provisions of the state's Act 13 of 2012, which substantially revised Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling laws.  The controversial preemption of local zoning power and the Department of Environmental Protection's ability to waive setback requirements were rejected by the court.

An excellent synopsis of the decision and an annotated copy of it can be found here.

The case has been appealed to the state's Supreme Court by the Corbett Administration.

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