Monroeville Responds to Court Challenge re Seismic Testing Ord

Monroeville, PA (Allegheny County, suburb of Pittsburgh) is hostile toward the shale industry and continues to display their hostility in court. In September, Monroeville Council voted to enact a super-restrictive seismic testing ordinance (see Monroeville, PA Passes Restrictive Seismic Testing Ordinance). The ordinance was meant to hassle Huntley & Huntley (H&H), which had wanted to conduct seismic testing in two rural areas of the municipality. The contractor doing the seismic work for H&H, Geokinetics, took Monroeville Council to court over their punitive seismic ordinance (see Monroeville Seismic Testing Ordinance Challenged in Court). In the complaint, Geokinetics said, “Monroeville’s intransigence is not motivated by any legitimate concerns for the health and safety of its citizens, but rather by its council’s concerns about November elections.” Claiming seismic testing will “potentially have a profound impact upon the environment,” the solicitor for Monroeville filed a rebuttal on Monday. The municipality is fighting an injunction of their junk seismic ordinance with wild claims that tapping the ground will damage the environment…

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