Political wrestling over fracking in Pennsylvania

July 3, 2012 | Drinking Water, Fracking, Gas, Hydraulic Fracturing, Oil

From iWatch News by The Center for Public Integrity:

Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wells

When Pennsylvania passed a state law that stripped local authority over where potentially hazardous natural gas wells could be drilled, cities and townships decided to take matters into their own hands.

Seven municipalities from across the state have filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court challenging the constitutionality of Act 13, a law passed in February that charges an impact fee for natural gas wells but also overrides local governments’ zoning authority. The case was argued on June 6 and is currently under review.

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