The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday overturned key parts of the state’s 2012 law that allows gas drilling in every zoning district, including residential.
The state’s highest court ruled in a 4-to-2 decision that the law is unconstitutional. It basically trumped local zoning codes, and even allowed drilling near school properties.
Many state Democratic leaders say they are pleased by the ruling. Some Republicans say it raises more questions than it answers and could damage the growing drilling industry. Lawmakers on both sides point out that it is unclear what effect the decision will have on the state’s collection of drilling impact fees.
A statement released by the Marcellus Shale Coalition called the ruling both a “disappointment” and “a missed opportunity.”