Pa. PUC Issues First Opinions On Local Fracking Laws

Law360, Philadelphia (September 7, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Wednesday began issuing advisory opinions to municipalities over their zoning ordinances, as part of its role in overseeing a controversial law aimed at promoting development of the Marcellus Shale in the state.

The nonbinding opinions issued under Act 13 — which gives the state power to prevent municipalities from enacting zoning regulations that ban drilling, and currently faces a challenge in the state’s Supreme Court — found that Fayette County’s local regulations meet the requirements of the act, while North...
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