by Randy Shannon
The Pennyslvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that gas drillers must present their appeals of Municipal regulations to the local zoning board first and not to the Court of Common Pleas.
The Commonwealth Court also specifically upheld six regulations affecting the use of land by shale gas drillers. These six regulations are:
1. identifying a zoning district in which gas production activities can be conducted;
2. establishing setback requirements in relation to public buildings, public or private streets, property lines, and properties designated as landfills or properties that contain hazardous substances;