Commonwealth Court Upholds Zoning Regulations Affecting Gas Drilling

Commonwealth Court Upholds Zoning Regulations Affecting Gas Drilling
Bruce P. Bowen, Martin J. Doyle, Co-authors
The Legal Intelligencer

In this article, Martin J. Doyle and Bruce P. Bowen, partner and special counsel, respectively, in the Transactional Real Estate Practice Group, write about the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act and whether it pre-empts local zoning and development ordinances when it comes to prohibiting or allowing drilling activities related to the Marcellus Shale.

The article covers recent cases that attempt to clarify the role of local governments and predicts that, in light of the heightened activity and attention focused on development of the Marcellus Shale, the courts may soon be hearing similar cases.