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NEW Supreme Court Will Not Reargue Act 13 Decision
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied a request from Governor Tom Corbett’s administration to reargue the Act 13 case concerning the state’s oil and natural gas drilling law. The court voted 5-1 on Friday, Feb. 21 to deny a request made by the state Department of Environmental Protection and Public Utility Commission, which argued that more evidence should be considered by the court.
The court issued the order stating, “the application for reargument or reconsideration of the opinions entered by this Court on December 19, 2013 is denied.”
The court in December ruled the zoning provisions of Act 13 were unconstitutional. One section of the law that was struck down called for statewide rules on oil and gas to preempt local zoning rules. Another section required local governments to allow oil and gas development in all zoning areas.
PA Supreme Court Strikes Down Portions of Act 13
(December 19, 2013) The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its ruling on a lawsuit which challenged the validity of the new Oil & Gas Act or Act 13 of 2012. The court struck down the zoning standards and the ability of DEP to grant drilling permit waivers for setback requirements. If you wish to read the majority opinion, please click on the link here: J-127A-D-2012oajc
PUC Announces 2013 Impact Fee Municipal Distributions
(June 13, 2013)The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today published to its website the disbursements to county and municipal governments under Act 13, the Unconventional Natural Gas Impact Fee. A breakdown of the payments to county and municipal governments, specifics on how much money was collected and comparisons to 2011 data is available on the Act 13/Impact Fee webpage. Click the link and then click “reports” to see the information. The website includes graphical data analyses including the top paying producers, well count breakdowns and top receiving counties and local governments.
A Research Guide to the Marcellus and Utica Shales
(March 5, 2013) A project of Carnegie Mellon, the PA State Association of Boroughs, and the Chrostwaite Institute to catalog the literature on natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing in order to help policymakers and researchers comprehend the existing research on this topic and identify issues for further study. Click here to continue.
PUC Announces Impact Fee Municipal Distributions
(October 15, 2012) Governor Tom Corbett today announced the total revenue that will be distributed by the PUC under Act 13′s natural gas impact fee. PUC Chairman Rob Powelson stated the checks will be in the mail within 10 days. You may read breakdown for each municipality and county here:
Commonwealth Court Strikes Down Zoning Provisions of Act 13
On Thursday July 26, 2012 the Commonwealth Court issued its ruling in Robinson Township, et al v. Commonwealth of PA, et al on the constitutionality of Act 13. The court ruled most of Chapter 33 (Zoning for Oil & Gas) is unconstitutional as it would deprive due process rights. Governor Corbett immediately announced the Commonwealth will appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court and asked for an expedited review. Click here to read the decision by the Commonwealth Court.
Attorney Jeffrey J. Norton, Esq. summary of the Commonwealth Court’s decision. Summary provided by Eckert Seamans Attorneys at Law. Act 13 Commonwealth Court Case Summary on Zoning
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