South Fayette, PA Pushing Defacto Frack Ban, Again

Comin Around Again - EditedLast month MDN brought you some news that mainstream media in Pittsburgh intentionally ignored: a judge ruled that a new hyper-restrictive (defacto ban) ordinance passed by South Fayette Township, in Allegheny County, was “invalid, null and void” (see South Fayette, PA Restrictive Drilling Ordinance Tossed by Judge). South Fayette is one of seven selfish PA towns that sued the state after the Act 13 law was enacted in 2012 (see Lawsuit Filed: PA Towns Sue State over Marcellus Act 13 Law). Ultimately the towns won their case at the PA Supreme Court level, winning the right to enact their own ordinances with respect to oil and gas drilling. Last year South Fayette enacted a new defacto ban, calling it a zoning ordinance. The judge, as we mentioned, tossed it out last month–but he tossed it because South Fayette didn’t follow proper protocol and procedure. So South Fayette is back–re-advertising the new zoning rule and in July, they intend to adopt it…

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