Nockamixon gas drilling proposal tests new state lawNockamixon's efforts may be moot, however, because Gov. Tom Corbett signed Act 13 in February, which amended the state's oil and gas regulations.
Act 13 dissolves the zoning rights of municipalities in regard to oil and gas "operations," a broad term that includes everything from well pads and drilling operations to pipelines and compressor stations. The law states municipalities must allow operations in all zoning districts. And they cannot place more stringent restrictions on setbacks, wells, and other zoning issues than those provided in Act 13 unless they apply those restrictions to all industrial activity.
In what could be a test case for the new law, Nockamixon plans to fight it in court. The township supervisors gave solicitor Jordan Yeager approval last month to rally other municipalities and build a lawsuit against Act 13. Yeager declined to identify specific municipalities he's talked to, but said some are in western Pennsylvania. No suits have been filed yet.