Pa. Justices Largely Preserve Fracking Rule Injunction

By Matt Fair (June 1, 2018, 5:20 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Friday largely preserved a preliminary injunction won by an industry group that bars state environmental regulators from beginning to enforce controversial new rules governing hydraulic fracturing operations.

The justices affirmed a Commonwealth Court judge's finding that the Department of Environmental Protection may have overstepped its authority in enacting a string of rules requiring drillers to provide notification about certain public resources in the area of a proposed well, the plugging of abandoned wells, and the closing or repermitting of in-ground impoundments at well sites.

Thrown out as part of the ruling on Friday, however, was the...

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