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Defending Rights of Local Towns: Act 13 Zoning Challenge

Case Number # 2415

Act 13 is a controversial Pennsylvania state law that sought to override local zoning laws related to the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

Earthjustice filed an amicus brief on behalf of Berks Gas Truth, Brockway Area Clean Water Alliance, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Damascus Citizens for Sustainability, Earthworks, Environmental Defense Fund, Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition of Luzerne County PA, Group Against Smog and Pollution, Pennsylvania Division of the Izaak Walton League, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley Gas Truth, Local Authority Western PA, Marcellus Outreach Butler, Marcellus Protest, PennEnvironment, Responsible Drilling Alliance, Sierra Club, Thomas Merton Center, and Westmoreland Marcellus Citizen’s Group, defending the rights of towns to limit the impacts of the fracking-enabled gas drilling boom.

A Pennsylvania court overturned a portion of Act 13 in July of 2012.

Press Releases

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Declares a portion of pro-fracking, anti-community state law unconstitutional
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Pro-fracking, anti-community state law under fire
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Says local towns retain zoning power
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Preliminary injunction issued against a portion of pro-fracking, anti-community state law