Pa. Supreme Court Blocks Pro-Industry Provisions Of Gas Drilling Law

By Marcellus Shale – CBS Pittsburgh HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s highest court on Wednesday blocked industry-friendly provisions of a major 2012 state law designed to modernize natural gas drilling regulations, the latest in a string of court decisions striking down key portions of the law.
Four of the court’s six participating justices agreed in an 88-page decision stripping out provisions that a lawyer for a handful of municipalities described as “gifts” to the ascendant gas industry given amid the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling boom.
“It generally was, in a lot of respects, an unconstitutional special law,” said lawyer Jordan Yeager. “It was carving out a unique

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