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Accountability for Act 13 - PA's New Oil & Gas Law
by Melissa Troutman Monday, Oct. 08, 2012 at 2:46 PM
melissa@mtwatershed.com 724-455-4200 x.6# 1414-B ICV Road

Environmental organizations and community groups will hold an event to educate the public on Act 13 prior to this year’s election and the State Supreme Court’s ruling

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Act 13 is Pennsylvania's controversial new oil and gas law, which stripped local governments of their right to plan where natural gas drilling operations can happen in their communities. In July, portions of this new law were challenged in court by local township government officials, a Monroeville doctor, and Delaware Riverkeeper, and overturned by the Commonwealth Court and declared “unconstitutional.”

But the battle continues, as Governor Tom Corbett and his administration appealed the Commonwealth Court decision. These two sides will argue their cases before the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, October 17th in Pittsburgh.

Many other municipalities and groups have filed amicus briefs in support of the Commonwealth Court’s decision that preemption of local municipal control over shale gas extraction is unconstitutional, including Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania State Association of Township Officials, State Association of Boroughs, Pittsburgh City Council, Earth Justice, and Mountain Watershed Association.

Two days before this historic court hearing, the public is invited to a free, educational discussion about the new law, which covers all aspects of natural gas development in the state, as well as how the law came to be.

The event is hosted by PennEnvironment, Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, Westmoreland Marcellus Citizen Group, Local Authority Western Pennsylvania, Mountain Watershed Association. State Representatives of the 59th, 54th, and 25th districts and candidates for those seats in the upcoming election have been invited to discuss their position on Act 13 and take questions from the public. The question and answer period will be moderated by Wanda Guthrie of Local Authority of Western Pennsylvania and Thomas Merton Center. An optional phone bank to call state legislators will immediately follow.

Join us: Monday, October 15, 6:30-8:30 PM
Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Avenue, Murrysville, PA 15668

For more information, contact Melissa at Mountain Watershed Association, 724-455-4200 ext. 6# or Melissa@mtwatershed.com.

Letters to Local State Reps
by Melissa Troutman Monday, Oct. 08, 2012 at 2:46 PM
melissa@mtwatershed.com 724-455-4200 x.6# 1414-B ICV Road

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These elected officials and candidates have been invited to a forum on Pennsylvania's new oil and gas law, which attempts to strip local control over where heavy industry happens in our communities. You're invited too! Oct. 15th Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Ave., Murrysville, PA 15668, 6:30PM - two days before the state Supreme Court hearing in Pittsburgh about the constitutionality of state preemption of local control over land use and the ability to assert our basic rights.

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