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Corbett Administration Files Act 13 Appeal With State Supreme Court

Scott Detrow / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Governor Corbett speaks at a Hershey conference in May

The Corbett Administration has filed an appeal to Commonwealth Court’s ruling striking down legislation restricting local governments’ ability to zone and regulate natural gas drilling.

The next step: the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will decide whether or not it wants to consider the appeal.

Here’s Corbett’s statement, released this afternoon via email:

“The provisions struck down by the Commonwealth Court are critically important for job creators who are employing more than 240,000 Pennsylvanians, for landowners seeking to exercise their property rights, and for local governments looking for guidance on how they may reasonably regulate oil and gas operations,” Corbett said. “The provisions are also integral to the enhanced environmental standards and impact fee revenue portions of the Act. Indeed, there would be no Act without each of these crucial pieces.”
 
“It is important to note that the provisions casually set aside by the court were the result of months of compromise and negotiation, with significant input and support from Pennsylvania’s local government associations,” Corbett said. “Both the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, which represents 1,455 municipalities, urged passage of the law. This decision endangers the jobs of tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians and deprives citizens of their property rights.
 
“It is the General Assembly and Governor’s prerogative to establish policy; it is the court’s job to pass judgment on the constitutionality of this policy, not its merits. Act 13 clearly meets the constitutionality test, and I am confident the Supreme Court will adhere to its responsibility in a prompt and timely manner.”

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Debbra-Fisher-Horvath/1691220719 Debbra Fisher-Horvath

    Tom’s biggest concern here seems to be the drillers themselves.  He made promises to them that now he cannot keep under the current ruling.  He should know better than to make promises he cannot keep.  He is so concerned about job creation and people’s property rights.  What about the property rights of those of us who do not wish to live on polluted OR noisy land.  What about us Tom, don’t we count???  I voted for you last time-I would sooner vote for the Geico in tv advertisements the next time.  HE would do a better job.

  • Brent Silvis

    All other issues aside, IS IT REALLY THE GOVERNOR’S PLACE TO APPEAL A COURT DECISION? Obviously Corbett’s only priority is to force drilling upon Pennsylvania, but does he have to be so obvious about it???

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