Forest Service Can't Ban Drilling In Pa. National Forest

Law360, Philadelphia (September 7, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge overturned a ban on mineral and oil drilling in the state’s Allegheny National Forest on Thursday, ruling that the U.S. Forest Service lacked the authority to impose a forestwide prohibition on drilling.

U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin ruled in favor of the Minard Run Oil Co., the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association, the Allegheny Forest Alliance, and Bradford County when he concluded that a settlement agreement between the Forest Service and a set of environmental groups banning drilling was illegal.

Judge McLaughlin’s...
To view the full article, register now.