Penn Township Considering More Restrictions on Drilling

Penn TwpIn May MDN told you that the Penn Township (in Westmoreland County, PA) zoning board voted to refuse to grant a permit to Apex Energy to build a DEP-permitted well pad in the town (see Penn Twp Commissioners Block Apex Shale Well Request in 3-2 Vote). Penn is now considering a far more restrictive ordinance than it currently has–to limit drilling. That isn’t sitting well with Huntley & Huntley–a driller that owns leases for some 23% of the land in the township. Will anti-drilling zealots keep Apex, H&H and others out, denying private property owners the right to use their property as they see fit? And how much will Penn’s taxpayers end up paying to defend a defacto ban?…

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