Energy firms want role in next phase of shale case

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 8, 2014 5:15 PM
Marcellus Shale

(Harrisburg) -- The energy industry wants a Pennsylvania court to let it play a formal role in sorting out the loose ends after a landmark court decision on a new state law designed to modernize oil and gas drilling regulations.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Commonwealth Court over the request to intervene by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the American Petroleum Institute.

The loose ends are left over the state Supreme Court late last year struck down new restrictions on local governments' ability to control drilling activity in the Marcellus Shale natural gas formation.

The justices sent the case back down to Commonwealth Court to determine how much of the law survived.

A hearing before the full Commonwealth Court is scheduled for next month.

There's more coverage of the issue here.

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