Pennsylvania appeals court issues mixed ruling on Act 13, state's oil and gas law

August 27, 2014

Rights of local communities are affirmed

(Harrisburg – July 17, 2014) – Today, the Commonwealth Court reinstated local zoning regulation of the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania. The decision effectively means that local government can regulate where industrial gas operations can occur, such as by prohibiting those land uses in residential areas. Challenges to such laws will again be governed by the Municipalities Planning Code.