Pa. Cases Could Pave Clearer Path For Local Fracking Laws

Law360, New York (October 7, 2016, 2:47 PM EDT) -- Pennsylvania towns have gained greater capacity to limit oil and gas drilling operations through recent court victories, but those rulings also have left municipalities facing a web of uncertainty in regulating fracking that the state Supreme Court could help untangle through pending cases on local zoning powers and citizens’ environmental rights, experts say.

Once nearly prevented from erecting any barriers to natural gas drilling, Pennsylvania municipalities and other legal challengers continue to chip away at the state’s regulatory scheme for mineral resource development. Last week, they...
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