Pa. court upholds challenge to Act 13

Dec 23, 2013 | 04:23 PM | Thorsten Schier

Tags  Act 13, Pennsylvania, oil and gas, Supreme Court, Marcellus Shale, oil country tubular goods, OCTG, Chief Justice Ronald Castille Dave Spigelmyer

NEW YORK — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has found sections of Act 13, a law that governs oil and gas exploration in the state, unconstitutional.

"Following careful deliberation, this Court holds that several challenged provisions of Act 13 are unconstitutional, albeit the Court majority affirming the finding of unconstitutionality is not of one mind concerning the ground for decision," Chief Justice Ronald Castille said regarding the courts decision to uphold a challenge by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The court’s 4-2 decision reaffirms local municipalities’ rights to zoning regarding natural gas drilling. Under Act 13, municipalities had little say in where oil and gas drilling could take place.....

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