Pennsylvania Fracking Ordinance Challenge Denied

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Frederick v. Allegheny Twp. Zoning Hearing Bd., 196 A.3d 677 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2018), which validated a Pennsylvania land-use ordinance permitting hydraulic fracturing in residential and agricultural areas. The Commonwealth Court held that the ordinance was a valid exercise of the Township’s power to regulate oil and gas drilling within its borders.

For a detailed analysis on the Frederick case, see our article from November of 2018. For assistance with navigating local zoning ordinances, the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code or the Environmental Rights Amendment, do not hesitate to contact the Energy Group of Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.

Jesse J. Zirillo

Tara Hopper Rice

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