Peters council members last night voted to join a growing consortium of municipalities and environmental groups that plan to appeal the state's new law governing Marcellus Shale gas regulations.
The group, which includes at least nine local and eastern Pennsylvania municipalities, plans to file a lawsuit this week in Commonwealth Court to ask that the state's new Act 13 be halted temporarily so the court can hear arguments against the law, signed Feb. 14 by Gov. Tom Corbett.
Set to take effect on April 14, Act 13 establishes an annual fee for gas drillers based on the price of natural gas and -- most importantly to local government officials-- it strips municipalities of most of their authority in determining where gas wells and related infrastructure, such as pipelines and compressor stations, should be located.
The law will replace local zoning regulations already in place in dozens of local municipalities with state guidelines.
Janice Crompton: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-851-1867.