EARTHblog » Aaron Mintzes
January 10, 2014
This week, the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) gaveled in its 434st legislative session. Election year sessions tend to signify nothing but sound and fury. However, this time around, legislators have an opportunity to demonstrate trend-setting leadership on hydraulic fracturing policy.
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.