Pa. Town Ordinance Banning Fracking Waste Ruled Invalid

Law360, New York (October 15, 2015, 7:38 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania federal court delivered a blow Wednesday to a western Pennsylvania municipality defending its ordinance banning the disposal of fracking wastewater from a challenge brought by Pennsylvania General Energy Co. LLC, ruling that key provisions of the ordinance violate state law and rules governing second-class townships.

Grant Township, located in Indiana County, was accused by PGE in August 2014 of stepping on its constitutional rights with the ordinance, a municipal law declaring that corporations cannot dispose of oil and gas waste within the municipality.

In a series of decisions handed down Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan P. Baxter declared the...

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