Gas Well Permits Don't Violate Pa. Constitution, Panel Says

By Matt Fair (May 14, 2018, 2:24 PM EDT) -- A panel of administrative law judges has found that Pennsylvania regulators properly exercised their roles as environmental trustees under the state's constitution as they approved permits to a Rex Energy Corp. unit for a cluster of natural gas wells in Butler County.

The Friday decision upholding permits awarded to R.E. Gas Development LLC is one in a growing body of case law over how to apply the Pennsylvania Constitution's so-called Environmental Rights Amendment, which was reinvigorated by a state Supreme Court ruling last year, to permitting decisions made by the Department of Environmental Protection.

In the case of the R.E. Gas...

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