Judges Question Pa. PUC's Local Fracking Law Review Power

By Matt Fair (May 14, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT) -- In ongoing litigation over efforts to regulate hydraulic fracturing, an en banc panel of Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judges on Wednesday questioned the authority of state utility regulators to review local drilling ordinances in the wake of a landmark decision striking down statewide zoning rules for the industry.

While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in December that key sections of controversial statewide rules for the oil and gas industry known as Act 13 violated constitutional protections on environmental resources, the state's Public Utility Commission is pushing to retain its authority under the law to review local drilling ordinances for compliance with other...

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