30 Sep '16, 12pm

Pro-Fracking Law Ruled Unconstitutional by Pennsylvania Supreme Court via @EcoWatch

Pro-Fracking Law Ruled Unconstitutional by Pennsylvania Supreme Court via @EcoWatch

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the state's controversial Act 13 is unconstitutional , calling it a special law that benefits the shale gas industry. The massive Marcellus Shale formation, which underlies a large area of Western Pennsylvania, provides more than 36 percent of the shale gas produced in the U.S. The Pennsylvania State Legislature passed Act 13 in 2012 and it was almost immediately challenged by seven of the state's municipalities along with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and a private physician. The onerous law enabled natural gas companies to seize privately owned subsurface property through eminent domain, placed a gag order on health professionals to prevent them from getting information on drilling chemicals that could harm their patients, and limited notification of spills and leaks to public water suppliers, excluding owners of private w...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/act-13-fracking-law-2023467532.html

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