Pa. Township To Lose Impact Fees For Violating Fracking Law

Law360, Philadelphia (October 19, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission determined Thursday that the local drilling ordinances of South Fayette Township run afoul of a controversial law designed to encourage development of the state’s Marcellus Shale.

In the first binding review of local laws completed under Act 13 — which dictates that municipalities cannot enact environmental rules that overlap with regulations already imposed by the state — the PUC found that the township’s requirements overstepped their boundaries. The decision means the township will forfeit nearly $3,000 in impact fees, unless it...
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