Pennsylvania’s efforts to better protect schools, playgrounds, and wildlife from fracking activities are invalid, a state judge ruled Aug. 23.
Provisions in its hydraulic fracturing regulations relating to “playgrounds,” “common areas of a school’s property,” and certain “other critical communities” of rare plant and animal species are “void and unenforceable,” Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Michael H. Wojcik wrote in a decision.
The decision is a partial victory for the Pittsburgh-based Marcellus Shale Coalition, which sued the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the state’s Environmental Quality Board in October 2016 over...
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(Corrects Aug. 23 story in fourth paragraph to show the regulations were the first to address surface activities of hydraulic fracturing and 10th and 11th paragraphs to show comments were by the state environment agency.)