February 19, 2018

To What Extent Can Municipalities Regulate Natural Gas Operations?

Robert H. Feller, Esq., Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

A great deal of attention has been devoted recently to the potential to exploit hard-to-extract natural gas resources from a formation known as the Marcellus Shale. With the use of a technology known as hydraulic fracturing, it has become physically possible … Continue reading

Loyalsock Township tables Shale gas zoning ordinance

Kristen Nuss, Sun Gazette

It was standing room only at the Loyalsock Township building Tuesday night as the supervisors held a public hearing regarding a proposed amendments to the township’s zoning ordinance.

The amendments, which were tabled by the supervisors following the hearing, would pertain to gas and oil activities … Continue reading

Marcellus Shale driller fighting South Fayette ordinance

By Erich Schwartzel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Range Resources made a significant move Tuesday in what is likely the first step in a legal challenge to the wave of small-town regulations on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. The Fort Worth, Texas-based company filed an appeal to the zoning hearing board … Continue reading

Full Environmental Assessment Form for Town of Tusten, Sullivan County, NY

Prepared by: William J. Pammer Jr., Ph.D.   Pammer Associates
PO Box 173   Bethel, NY 12720

Prepared for: Town Board
Town of Tusten
210 Bridge Street
PO Box 195
Narrowsburg, NY 10590

Date: July 25, 2011
Updated: August 1, 2011

Read Local Zoning here

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Benton gas well hearing canceled but protestors crowd community center

LAURA LEGERE, The Times-Tribune

BENTON TWP. – A hearing to consider a conditional use application for a natural gas well was canceled Wednesday evening but about 150 people rallied at the hearing site to oppose gas drilling in the township.

Supervisor Larry Seymour said the hearing on Southwestern Energy Production … Continue reading

A Legal Plan to Control Drilling

David Slottje and Helen Holden Slottje

What comes to mind when you think about upstate New York? Rolling farmlands, fresh air, and the chirping of birds? Or heavy truck traffic at all hours of the day and night, the smell of chemicals in the air, distant views pockmarked with drilling … Continue reading

Legal Memo: Overview of Current PA Law Related to Local Ordinances Affecting the Use of Land for Drilling Oil & Gas Wells

Jordan B. Yeager & Vincent J. Magyar, Jr., Curtin & Heefner LLP

This April 2011 legal memorandum has been prepared to facilitate Pennsylvania municipalities in drafting zoning ordinances with respect to proposed gas extraction operations. This memo, the corresponding model ordinance, and legal assistance to local governments is a service Continue reading

County plans to update zoning to regulate gas development


When Lycoming County implemented its zoning ordinance in 1991, the Marcellus Shale wasn’t even a blip on its radar screen.

Now it almost covers the entire screen and the zoning ordinance is being updated accordingly.

On Feb. 10, the county commissioners will host a public hearing … Continue reading