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Pennsylvania High Court Strikes Down Part of Fracking Law

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December 20, 2013

Pennsylvania’s high court struck down part of a law aimed at easing natural gas development in the Marcellus shale formation, saying provisions of the measure violate the state’s constitution, Bloomberg reported Dec. 20.

The state Supreme Court ruled 4-2 Dec. 19 that Act 13, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett last year, unconstitutionally restricted the power of municipalities to govern gas drilling in their jurisdictions.

Pennsylvania’s constitution guarantees citizens’ rights “to clean air and pure water, and to the preservation of natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment,” the ...

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