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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Won't Review Controversial Act 13 Ruling

From the Press & Sun-Bulletin:
Pennsylvania’s highest court said Friday it would not revisit its decision striking down a state law that took zoning decisions about natural gas drilling out of the hands of local governments. 
The state Supreme Court denied a request by Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration to vacate its decision and send it back to a lower court for a new round of briefs and fact-finding process. 
Instead, five justices left in place the Dec. 19 ruling that new industry-friendly rules violated the state constitution. The sixth, Justice Thomas Saylor, said he would have granted the request for reconsideration made by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Public Utility Commission.
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This decision leaves the possibility open that much more of Act 13 could be shelved, including impact fees that were benefiting communities and stiffened environmental protections that were included as part of the plan.

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