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Monday, January 27, 2014

Pennsylvania Continues to Assess Fallout of Supreme Court's Act 13 Decision

From the Times Leader:
With the state Supreme Court’s decision last month to strike down Act 13 provisions that set statewide zoning rules for natural gas development, experts are questioning whether the ruling will affect future litigation.
The justices found that Act 13 zoning provisions that allow natural gas drillers to produce in residential and agricultural areas collided with the state constitution’s Environmental Rights Amendment, which, until now, the high court has never used to make decisions.
The amendment maintains Pennsylvanians have the right to clean air, pure water and the preservation of the environment’s historic and aesthetic values. In a 2010 review of the document, Widener University’s Environmental Law Department noted it is used mostly as a guide for legislators drafting new policy.
Read more about the potential ramifications of the ruling here. 

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