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Governor Corbett critical of PA Supreme Court's Act 13 ruling

Written by Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania | Jan 15, 2014 12:29 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Corbett is voicing his displeasure with the state Supreme Court’s decision to strike down parts of Act 13 last month, which is being hailed as a victory by groups who argued the 2012 overhaul of the state’s oil and gas law violated the environmental rights of Pennsylvania.

The administration has asked the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision, arguing the court made a “series of sweeping factual conclusions” about the law’s constitutionality.

In an interview with Radio Pennsylvania’s Ask the Governor program, Corbett says as an appellate court, the state Supreme Court is not supposed to establish facts.

“I think the Chief Justice in his opinion was absolutely wrong to do that. He should have asked for more facts," he says. "He should have asked the court below to make more determination.”

Among the list of facts the administration is challenging is the assertion by the court that developing the Marcellus Shale formation will produce a detrimental effect on the state’s environment, perhaps rivaling the damage done by the coal industry.

This story comes from our StateImpact Pennsylvania project, a collaboration between witf and WHYY in Philadelphia to report on the commonwealth's energy economy.

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