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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided an eagerly anticipated case (PDF) in mid-December 2013 involving hydraulic fracturing and local regulations of the process. The Pennsylvania legislature had enacted a statute allowing and providing for the regulation of hydraulic fracturing within the Commonwealth and specifically preempted local governmental units from enacting zoning laws that could restrict or prohibit hydraulic fracturing operations within the local government’s jurisdiction. Robinson Township challenged the pre-emption restriction of local government’s authority under an Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution.

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