Peters Twp, PA Continues to Delay Drilling by “Studying” It

expect delaysPeters Township, the most populous township in Washington County, PA, is one of the seven selfish towns that sued the state over the zoning provisions in the Act 13 law, eventually winning at the PA Supreme Court level (see PA Supreme Court Rules Against State/Drillers in Act 13 Case). The Act 13 victory gives townships the right to pass local zoning ordinances that restrict–but don’t ban–Marcellus/Utica drilling. Peters has been adept at using the victory to keep drilling banned by “studying” the issue to death (see Peters Twp, PA Pretends to Debate Ordinance to Allow Drilling). Their pattern of pushing off drilling continues. Peters Town Council members have just voted to spend $29,000 to pay a consultant to study how close is too close when it comes to drilling operations. It appears to be yet another way to further delay drilling in the town…

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