Peters Twp, PA Once Sued to Stop Act 13, Now Considers Drilling

I Saw the LightIt’s interesting to MDN that several of the seven Pennsylvania towns that sued the state over the Act 13 law and its zoning provisions–presumably because they didn’t want any Marcellus drilling in their borders–have done a 180 degree turnabout. It happened first in Robinson Township (Washington County), PA–the very township whose name is forever (shamefully) emblazoned on the case, which is called “Robinson v Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” Voters in Robinson tossed their anti-drilling leaders out of office (see Robinson Twp, PA Offers a Preview into Future of NY Frack Debate). Now it seems Peters Township, another of the seven (also in Washington County), is following the same path. Peters is zoned almost all residential. However, last August Peters voted to evaluate the possibility of Marcellus drilling on and under land in the town. Next Monday night, they begin the process of public hearings to do just that. It’s bitter sweet–bitter that they participated in gutting the Act 13 law, sweet that they finally saw the light…

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