Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Law Gets Its Day in Court

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
State Supreme Court justices listened to nearly two hours of arguments in Pittsburgh this morning over whether aspects of the state's new Marcellus Shale drilling law take too much power away from local governments. 
State attorneys were contesting the Commonwealth Court's July decision to overturn a portion of the law that limited what local zoning rules can and cannot address regarding drilling activity. 
A majority panel of that court sided with a set of municipal officials, who argued that the new law was unconstitutional because it would require them to allow well pads and compressor stations in areas where the activity would otherwise be prohibited by their local development plans.
It's interesting to watch what happens in Pennsylvania in regards to this dispute, since communities in Ohio are similarly trying to take control of permitting oil and gas activities away from the state.  Read the rest of the story here.

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