Friday, October 30, 2015

StateImpact: PA Supreme Court To Hear More Arguments On Act 13 Drilling Law

StateImpact PA reported Friday the PA Supreme Court Tuesday issued an order saying it will hear challenges to the Act 13 drilling law related to doctor access to fracking chemical information, eminent domain for natural gas storage facilities and certain exclusions from notification of spills for owners and residents relying on private water sources.
These three issues were remanded by the Supreme Court back to Commonwealth Court for rehearing after the December 2013 decision which invalidated limits on local regulation of drilling through zoning.
At the rehearing, Commonwealth Court decided against environmental interests on all three issues and they appealed the decision.
The Supreme Court also agreed to hear arguments related to an appeal by the Public Utility Commission on its role in denying drilling impact fee payments to municipalities that enact local ordinances restricting drilling.
StateImpact said the Supreme Court will not revisit its 2013 interpretation of the state’s Environmental Rights Amendment as invalidating Act 13’s limits on regulating oil and gas activities through local zoning.
PA Supreme Court To Hear More Arguments On Act 13 Drilling Law

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