Lycoming County Judge Denies Gas Drilling in Residential Zoned Location

Date: September 4, 2014

Last year the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its decision in Robinson Township  v  Commonwealth.  The Court ruled that local zoning ordinances trump the new anti local zoning provisions of Act 13 (the law governing natural gas production in Pennsylvania).  In a case of first impression, a Lycoming County judge has ruled that natural gas drilling and fracking will not be permitted in a portion of a community zoned for residential and agricultural use.  Citing the Robinson Township case, the judge held that natural gas drilling and fracking was excluded by the zoning code and its requirements.   This is the first of many expected decisions which will cite the Robinson Township decision.

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Attorney Joe Price is a seasoned Trial Lawyer serving Northeast, Central and Southeast Pennsylvania for the past forty (40) years. He has handled serious personal injury cases in courts throughout the Federal system including New Jersey and New York. Attorney Price is A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubble. He is Board Certified in Civil Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996.