Pa. Judge Extends Life Of Local Fracking Laws

Law360, New York (April 12, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT) -- Seven Pennsylvania towns and an environmental group won a court order Wednesday ensuring that local rules limiting hydraulic fracturing are not immediately dissolved when a state law restricting municipalities' power to regulate oil and gas development takes effect Saturday.

Pennsylvania state judge Kevin Quigley granted a preliminary injunction that delays only a portion of Act 13 from going into effect, giving municipalities an additional 120 days to amend local ordinances to comply with the law.

Quigley agreed with the plaintiffs that the towns needed extra time...
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