Drillers Face Harder Times If Pa. Pro-Fracking Law Falls

Law360, Philadelphia (October 16, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania will urge the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a ruling that key parts of a law designed to encourage natural gas drilling are unconstitutional, in a case attorneys say could make it harder for drillers and landowners looking to cash in on the state’s gas boom.

The high court on Wednesday will hear arguments challenging a July ruling by the state’s Commonwealth Court that Act 13 — enacted in April — illegally overrides local zoning power by requiring municipalities to allow oil and gas drilling in all zones, including residential districts.

The ruling was a setback for industry...

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