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New Pa. Task Force Heralds Emerging Pipeline Fight

Law360, Philadelphia (May 29, 2015, 7:27 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement Wednesday of a task force on pipelines acknowledges the emerging fight between the natural gas industry and environmentalists on the subject, but experts told Law360 that a public focus on concerns like safety and access could help neutralize much opposition.

While some in the environmental community have framed resistance to pipelines as a strategy to slow the drilling of new wells, much of the state’s population favors development of the state’s shale gas resources, and a focus on safety could provide common ground.

“There’s some ability to agree on the fact that, to the extent we...

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