Pittsburgh Fracking Ban At Odds With State Law, PUC Says

Law360, Philadelphia (September 11, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission on Monday told Pittsburgh that the city’s ban on fracking violates a state law aimed at promoting Marcellus Shale drilling in the state.

According to a nonbinding advisory opinion, the city’s comprehensive prohibition on commercial natural gas extraction is at odds with a section of state law preventing municipalities from enacting local laws that preempt state environmental statutes.

However, one key Pittsburgh official seemed undisturbed by the advisory opinion, which comes in response to a February request for review by the...
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