Pa Court Rules To Protect Towns From Gas Drilling

07.27.12 | Bob Price

The decision was a defeat for Gov. Tom Corbett and the natural gas industry, which had long sought the limitations, and a prompt appeal to the state Supreme Court was expected. Commonwealth Court judges ruled 4-3 in a decision released Thursday that the limitations in so-called Act 13 violated the state constitution. Seven municipalities had sued over the sweeping, five-month-old law, saying it unconstitutionally takes away the power to control property from towns and landowners for the benefit of the oil and gas industry.