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Smart Talk: the PA Supreme Court's shale decision and the quest for affordable artist housing in York

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jan 21, 2014 3:34 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, January 22, 2014:

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It's been more than a month since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down portions of Act 13, a 2012 law that updated regulations of Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry, but the issue is far from settled.

Governor Corbett is asking the high court to reconsider its decision. As an appellate court, he says it is not supposed to establish facts. But the governor says the 4 - 2 decision made a "series of sweeping factual conclusions" in the case.


Professor John Dernbach and Marie Cusick

Joining us to discuss the decision, its implications and what's next is Widener Law Professor John Dernbach and StateImpact Pennsylvania's Marie Cusick. Dernbach, whose work was cited in the court's majority opinion, is the co-director of Widener's Environmental Law Center. Cusick reports full-time on the Commonwealth's energy economy.

Also state Representative Kevin Schreiber is advocating for development of an affordable, mixed-use live/work facility for artists in the City of York.


Representative Kevin Schreiber and Kelley Gibson

The non-profit group Artspace has already conducted a feasibility study, which names York a good candidate for such a project. The Artspace study also lauds the vitality of York's existing arts district and the commitment of its local leaders.

Schreiber and Director of Communications & Engagement for the Cultural Alliance of York County Kelley Gibson will join us to discuss the next steps of the project, and how the arts can be a part downtown York's ongoing revitalization efforts.

It will be a must-hear conversation for artists in the region.


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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-01-22 09:25

    Richard emails:

    Interesting commentary from the professor re: Article 27 and the state's duty NOT to interfere with our right to clean air and water.

    Question: Is the professor aware of the other current legal action (PA Environmental Defense Foundation)? Any comments on the relationship of the Supreme Court's recent Act 13 decision & the PEDF legal action? Does one build on the other?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-01-22 09:35

    Tom in Carlisle emails:

    Marcellus gas is geologically and geographically based. With the repeal of the part of Act 13 that disallows “zoning out” oil and gas activities, could municipalities restrict activities to swamp land at the edge of the township?

    Would this not deny access to private subsurface property? Would this not deny people the right to extract their oil and gas property?