Pa. Appeals Court Revives Gas Storage Eminent Domain Row

By Matt Fair (March 13, 2017, 4:42 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court ordered a trial judge on Monday to hold new hearings on whether a UGI Corp. subsidiary had effectively seized the subsurface rights of private landowners by declaring their properties within a buffer zone surrounding an underground gas storage facility.

An en banc Commonwealth Court panel said that a Tioga County judge needed to hold more thorough evidentiary hearings on how to apply a recent decision by the state's Supreme Court regarding the right of natural gas companies to use eminent domain to take real property for the storage of natural gas.

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