Why are drilling permits from Range Resources not being approved in Robinson Township (Washington County), PA? You may recall that Robinson is one of seven towns in PA that sued the State of Pennsylvania over Act 13, a new shale drilling law passed in February 2012. Robinson and the other towns object to a provision in Act 13 that replaces the right of local towns to enact zoning restrictions on oil and gas drilling and instead replace local rules with a uniform set of zoning rules from the state (see Lawsuit Filed: PA Towns Sue State over Marcellus Act 13 Law).
Robinson and the other towns went to court over the provision and won their case in the lower courts. The decision was appealed by the state all the way to the PA Supreme Court where a everyone eagerly awaits a decision (see PA Supreme Court Hears Testimony on Act 13 Zoning).