Act 13 Update

Yesterday, May 14, 2014, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court heard oral argument regarding select matters that remain unsettled in the wake of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling in the Robinson Township v. Commonwealth decision, including: (1) whether Act 13 can prohibit medical professionals from disclosing chemicals associated with gas drilling; (2) whether the Public Utility Commission retains the authority to review local zoning ordinances and withhold impact fee money to municipalities; (3) whether limiting notice by the DEP of spills to public well owners only is constitutional; and (4) whether eminent domain powers are available to those storing, selling, or transporting gas.

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