Pa. Court Won't Broadly Ax Notification Rules For Frackers

By Matt Fair (August 23, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania state court on Thursday refused to throw out controversial new rules on hydraulic fracturing that an industry group claimed created an improper pre-permitting regime that exceeded environmental regulators' statutory authority, but scaled back instances of when the rules would apply.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition had argued that the provisions, which require prospective drillers to provide notification when a proposed well might impact certain publicly accessible areas, went above and beyond a state statute allowing the state's Department of Environmental Protection to establish permitting requirements.

But an en banc Commonwealth Court panel disagreed in a 64-page ruling on Wednesday morning,...

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