Details of court ruling on 2012 gas drilling law

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm •  Published: July 17, 2014
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Details of Thursday's Commonwealth Court ruling on a lawsuit challenging aspects of a 2012 law that updated Pennsylvania's oil and gas drilling regulations:

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— The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's power to withhold drilling fee revenue from municipalities whose zoning it deems to illegally restrict drilling activity.

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— Exclusion of private water users from the requirement of who must be notified by Department of Environmental Protection of potential drilling contamination.

— Ability of a corporation empowered to transport, sell or store natural gas to take property by eminent domain under certain conditions.

— Limits on what doctors may reveal about the proprietary contents of hydraulic fracturing solutions.