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Halting The Parade of Horribles: Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Strikes Down Act 13

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By Aaron Mintzes

December 20, 2013

Last Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling vindicating the rights of citizens and communities to choose where drilling can or cannot occur in our neighborhoods.

The case, Robinson Township et al vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania et al. overturns part of Act 13 - the part prohibiting local zoning restrictions, which are essential to keeping industrial gas operations out of neighborhoods or other areas and protecting residents from pollution, noise, light, traffic, and other impacts. Those prohibitions are why Earthworks and partner organizations worked so hard to defeat Act 13 from the get-go.

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Tagged with: pennsylvania, zoning, act 13, federalism, supreme court, gag rule

Just in Time for the Holidays- Three Huge Gifts for the Oil and Gas Industry

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By Aaron Mintzes

November 21, 2013

The House of Representatives this week passed three oil and gas development bills. 

HR 2728, the Promoting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act, prevents the Department of Interior’s (DOI) hydraulic fracturing rule from going in to effect. 
HR 1965, the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act, forces sales of the people’s lands to the oil and gas industry while charging protesters $5,000 for their input. 
HR 1900, the Natural Gas Permitting Reform Act, undercuts local authorities and fast tracks more miles of pipelines through the parks, playgrounds, and backyards of Americans.

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Tagged with: hydraulic fracturing, pipelines, federalism, hr 2728, hr 1965, eminent domain, hr 1900

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