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State Agency Lawyers Want Review Of Supreme Court Drilling Jurisdiction Ruling

January 5, 2014

Attorneys for the state Public Utility Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection have asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reconsider its decision that struck down part of the state law that regulates the drilling for natural gas in the state.

The state’s highest court last month threw out portions of the law which limited the power of municipalities to determine where drilling can take place.  But, state lawyers say the ruling included several “sweeping factual conclusions.”  They want the court to review their opinion and make a decision based on more scientific evidence, and they insist that the two agencies be “afforded a reasonable opportunity to present evidence.”

Lawyers for the Pennsylvanians who sued to challenge the state law claim the court had more than a year to review the situation, and did give the case the proper consideration.

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