PA Court Sides with Towns in Gas Drilling
December 20, 2013
NORTHERN TIER (WENY) -- The highest court in Pennsylvania struck down significant portions of a law that limited the power of local governments to pick where companies can frack.
The 2012 law restricted local municipalities' ability to control where companies place drilling rigs, waste pits, pipelines and processing stations. In a 4 to 2 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the industry-friendly rules set out by the 2012 law violated the state constitution.
The state modernized the 20 year old drilling laws due to the boom in Marcellus Shale. Seven municipalities had challenged the law.