No Uniform Statewide Rules For Pa.'s Oil, Gas Industry

Law360, New York (August 9, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT) -- In a split decision that raises as many questions as it answers, on July 26, 2012, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court invalidated key portions of Act 13, the oil and gas reform legislation enacted in February. See Robinson Twp. v. Commonwealth, No. 284 M.D. 2012.

By a 4–4 “majority,” the court held that Act 13’s statewide land use regime, which preempted local zoning rules in favor of a uniform set of rules governing the siting of oil and gas wells and other operations, violated principles of substantive...
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