Forest Service Can't Halt Allegheny Drilling: 3rd Circ.

Law360, Washington (September 20, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit on Tuesday affirmed that the U.S. Forest Service was wrong to impose a ban on oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest that stopped Minard Run Oil Co. and others from pursuing development plans.

In December 2009, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania enjoined the Forest Service's temporary ban on drilling in the forest, a ruling the agency appealed in May 2010. According to the district court, a settlement agreement between the U.S. and conservation groups, including...
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