(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's highest court says it won't revisit its decision two months ago that struck down a state law that took zoning decisions about natural gas drilling out of the hands of local governments.
The state Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by the Corbett Administration to vacate its decision and send it back to a lower court for a new round of briefs and fact-finding process.
Instead, the justices are leaving in place the December 19th decision that said new industry-friendly rules violated the state constitution.
Three justices said the restrictions didn't sufficiently protect the environment and the health and safety of people.
A fourth justice said the law violated due process rights of municipalities to carry out community planning.
The case now goes to Commonwealth Court for more proceedings.
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