Commonwealth Court Hears Impact Fee Arguments

  • Scott Detrow

Townships challenging local zoning restrictions in Pennsylvania’s new natural gas drilling law made their arguments before Commonwealth Court today. The Post-Gazette has more:

HARRISBURG — A panel of Commonwealth Court judges fired questions at attorneys this morning arguing over the constitutionality of the new gas drilling law.
Lawyers for a group of municipalities, a doctor and an environmental advocate gave their first full argument as to why they believe state provisions mandating how municipalities can craft zoning rules for drillers is unconstitutional.
John Smith, the first of three attorneys representing the group to speak this morning, was only able to get a few sentences into his remarks before the seven judges began to pepper him — and later the other lawyers — with critiques.

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