Court blocks pro-industry provisions of gas drilling law
HARRISBURG >> Pennsylvania’s highest court is blocking industry-friendly provisions of a major 2012 state law designed to modernize natural gas drilling regulations. It’s the latest in a string of court decisions striking down key portions of the law.
Four of the court’s six justices Wednesday struck down provisions that a lawyer for municipalities described as “gifts” to the gas industry.
Lawyer Jordan Yeager says the ruling means the industry has to play by the same set of rules as everybody else.
The justices upheld a lower court’s 2014 ruling that state regulators cannot review how local zoning restrictions affect the natural gas industry, or punish municipalities whose restrictions are more stringent than the state’s. The justices also blocked limits on what doctors can reveal about the proprietary content of hydraulic fracturing solutions that patients may have come into contact with.