PA Legislature Pre-empts Communities on Fracking
For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Politics and Democracy page and our Environment and Climate Resource Center page . The Pennsylvania Legislature recently adopted Act 13 of 2012 (House Bill 1950) to accelerate the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus Shale deposit underlying much of Pennsylvania. Act 13 is but one of many efforts by the State to preempt people and their communities from making critical decisions for themselves - including decisions on fracking - and it's why communities across Pennsylvania are now joining forces to fundamentally change how, and perhaps more importantly, for whom, our structures of law and government work. The legislature's latest action to aid the gas corporations should come as no surprise. It's part of a pattern that's emerged over the years in which the legislature and State government work hand in ha...