Pa. Wants All 7 Justices To Rule In Key Fracking Case

By Dan Packel (August 7, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania on Tuesday asked to resubmit to the Supreme Court its appeal over the constitutionality of a law that would prevent municipalities from banning fracking, in a move aimed at allowing the court's full slate of justices to weigh in on the controversial measure.

When the high court first heard arguments over the challenge to the provision — a key proponent of Act 13, aimed at expanding and regulating natural gas drilling in the state — only six justices sat on the high court, owing to the suspension of now-convicted former justice Joan Orie Melvin. The state's Department of Environmental Protection...

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