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Joel Burcat quoted in Law360 story about Act 13 developments

Pennsylvania Regulation and Legislation to Watch in 2013

Joel R. Burcat, chair of the Oil and Gas Practice, is quoted in a Law360 story that provides an overview of the ongoing court action related to Pennsylvania Act 13, the controversial legislation that aims to regulate drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation.

The story explains that the framework for the law has not been implemented due to an ongoing legal challenge by seven municipalities. It outlines three plausible outcomes from the case, which is pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court invalidates any of three main provisions, the legislation could end up again before state lawmakers, who may face greater struggles dealing with drilling regulations.

“The problem is that Act 13 passed the legislature in a close vote and some Republican legislators in the Philadelphia suburbs opposed it,” Joel said in the story. “There are now fewer Republicans in the Senate, plus new Democratic legislators who campaigned against the bill. So it may be more difficult to make pro-industry changes.”

The story also explores other major issues facing state lawmakers such as privatization and funding for state pensions and transportation.