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AP: Drilling law decision leaves unsettled legal landscape

The Associated Press looked this weekend at some more of the potential business and legal consequences of the state Supreme Court’s month-old decision to strike down portions of the state’s drilling law. The court ruled in favor of municipalities who challenged the law’s limits on local zoning of drilling operations. Now business groups whose interests are [...]

Supreme Court sends Act 13 “doctor gag rule” challenge back to lower court

This week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on some controversial provisions of Act 13, the 2012 overhaul of the state’s natural gas drilling laws. The justices also weighed in on one provision of the law that makes some medical professionals nervous. They call it the “doctor gag rule.” Act 13 allows physicians to see a [...]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down controversial portions of Act 13

The state Supreme Court struck down several controversial portions of Act 13 today. The 2012 law made major updates to the rules governing Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry. In a 4-2 decision, the court held that portions of the law dealing with restrictions on local zoning violate Pennsylvania’s constitution. Chief Justice Ron Castille was joined by justices [...]

Act 13 Grants To Fund Philadelphia’s First Public CNG Station

The state Department of Environmental Protection has announced new grant awards going to support the expansion of compressed natural gas (CNG) for transportation. “These grants will help to diversify our vehicle fleet, while expanding the use of natural gas produced right here in Pennsylvania,” Governor Corbett said in a statement. McAneny Brothers Inc. of Cambria [...]

PA Petitions Full Supreme Court To Rehear Act 13 Challenge

Changes on the bench at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have prompted two state agencies to petition the court to rehear arguments in an ongoing challenge to the controversial Marcellus Shale drilling law known as Act 13. But whether a new Supreme Court justice will be able to participate in the final ruling is a matter [...]

Klaber to Step Down from Marcellus Shale Coalition

Pennsylvania’s top natural gas trade group is looking for a new leader. The Marcellus Shale Coalition announced on Friday that the current CEO Kathryn Klaber, will be leaving the organization after four years. The MSC was formed by a group of Marcellus Shale producers in late 2009, to be the public face of the state’s [...]

Counties Seek Act 13 Funds For Groundwater Studies

Two of Pennsylvania’s most drilled on counties are looking to apply for a new state grant program to study groundwater quality. Bradford and Lycoming Counties are interested in getting money from the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Baseline Water Quality Data Program. It’s a new grant program that was created under the state’s [...]

Senator Casey Wants to Promote Propane Fueled Vehicles

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey plans to introduce legislation that would make it easier to run trucks and busses on natural gas. The Clean Vehicle Corridors Act tries to remove one of the largest obstacles to fueling cars and trucks with natural gas — the lack of fueling infrastructure. The bill would help create refueling stations [...]

Corbett Touts Pennsylvania’s Shale Boom on CNBC

Governor Corbett appeared on CNBC’s Kudlow Report last night to talk about Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom. Among the questions he faced were how much the state’s economy has benefited, and how Pennsylvania has managed to “beat the environmental groups.” Corbett touted the jobs brought by the industry, and said fracking technology has been demonstrated to [...]

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