Pa. High Court To Hear Latest Challenge To Natural Gas Law

Law360, Philadelphia (November 2, 2015, 2:42 PM EST) -- Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court will again hear oral arguments on Act 13, the sweeping update of regulations governing the natural gas industry in the state, and this time the court will focus on the Public Utility Commission’s ability to review local drilling ordinances.

Last Tuesday, it said it would hear the PUC’s challenge to a Commonwealth Court ruling that the regulator couldn’t review local drilling ordinances now that statewide zoning rules at the heart of the law have been struck down.

After the high court invalidated the section of the law barring municipalities from banning drilling in 2013, it directed the Commonwealth...

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