Next Wednesday and Thursday will be very important within the world of Marcellus Shale drilling.
Appellate judges will hear arguments on April 11 at 10 a.m., which falls three days before the bulk of the statute goes into effect.
…The lawsuit argues that standardizing zoning rules for gas drilling is an “improper and arbitrary” use of state power. Officials claim it hinders their ability to adequately protect residents and to structure equitable zoning rules.
The next day, Bradford County’s commissioners will vote on whether or not to enact the $50,000-per-well fee within their borders. The vote will have a major impact on how much revenue Pennsylvania will generate from the fee, since Bradford alone is responsible for about a quarter of 2012′s expected fee revenue. Republicans hold a two-to-one advantage on the county’s board, and both GOP members are skeptical of the levy.