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Date Set for Argument in Act 13 Appeal

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments on Oct. 17.

The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Act 13 appeal on Oct. 17 in Pittsburgh.

A cluster of communities—including and Peters townships— a non-profit and a medical doctor challenged the law, portions of which were struck down by a Commonwealth Court judge in July.

A day after that ruling was made, the state appealed the ruling, which voided portions of the Marcellus Shale law that dealt with zoning.

For more information on the challenge, .

For more information on the appeal, .

Jesse White September 08, 2012 at 10:27 AM
Since that comment was clearly directed at me, I feel compelled to reply. It's hard to attend an event you weren't invited to participate in. I believe I was the only elected official not on the program. If I had been invited, I would have gladly participated, and I would have repeated what I truly believe- I favor the safe, responsible development of natural gas in Pennsylvania. At the same time, I have serious concerns, based upon actual experience and knowledge, that suggest that it is NOT being done 'the right way' by some. Instead of having the 'fact-based debate', it's easier for some to ignore and/or minimize people such as myself, which is unfortunate.
cecil resident September 08, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Sorry Rep White if you thought that was directed at you it wasn't I was speaking about all our local and state officals in this area. Senator Solobay did speak and he may have helped with some of the organizations but you didn't have to be on stage to attend it would have been an opportunity to speak with people in the district and the industry and to voice your opinion, you do represent the citizens on both sides of this equation it would have been a good opportunity to show people that you are open minded which all politicians should be. Regardless of how a politician was elected he does represent 100% of the residents in his or her district and sometimes it maybe hard to look at both sides but that is the life of a politician and once elected he or she is no longer a Democrate or Republican he is a representative of all the people.. I agree with you it should be done safely and that was also part of this symposium and you could have posed question on that part of the issues. Our resources is what built this country , industries , jobs and helped people live the American dream and the earth wasn't ruined. Regulations yes but over regulations kills any business, if this country is to become strong again we need to our own resources it will create jobs , businesses and a good paycheck. It also showed how much Washington County has growned because of the industry and would like to see all the communities in the county grow and profit from the industry.
Mary Matsuura September 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
I can understand how attractive these "informative, fact-based" opportunities are to politicians and I respect Rep. White for taking a difficult position on this issue. As he stated, he already has actual knowledge and experience, and I give credit to those who took the lead to become informed ahead of these partnerships recently formed to sway public support for gas drilling. New tax revenues from new jobs are a terrific incentive to allow unregulated drilling occur in our districts. But you wouldn't allow a full passenger plane to fly without being 100% sure that there will not be any mistakes made, short-cuts taken or, in the case of an accident, preparations also made using the best technology available, woudl you? In the past 2 years, the number of accidents involving exploding wells, leaking pipelines, frac water leakage into farmlands, and truck accidents involving frac tankers, not to mention illegal dumping) has made it ever so clear that the gas drilling industry is inviting danger and more risk into our communities than is acceptable. I take offense to references to opponents of drilling as "environmentalists" since it is the residents who live here and will be impacted and it is the residents who will vote for their representatives.
Mary Matsuura September 18, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I also believe the presence of "donations" from these companies to our local and state publicly elected representatives is putting them in difficult positions. To me, accepting these donations validates the fear that our government can be bought by big business. And not accepting donations, as opposed to their opponents, puts representatives at a disadvantage during election time. That just seems rude to criticize those who are already informed and avoiding the appearance of improper associations. Attending or presenting at symposiums provide opportunites for whom exactly? I guess I should have gone to this one. I might know the answer to my own question. I'm sure there will be many more to follow!
cecil resident September 18, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Mary what are Rep. White actual experience and knowledge? He had the perfect opportunity to attend this symposium but stated he wasn't invited and the only one not on the program. Go back and read the Patch post on August 15, 2012 about the symposium, it states it was for all elected officals. Since he was invited even though no engraved invitations weren't handed out why does someone have to be on stage to attend such a function he could have posed all kinds of questions about his concerns. If he would have attended he would have seen all the panels were happy to answer any and all questions.The symposium was for the benefit of everybody to ask questions about job opportunities and safety concerns in the industry and where this industry is taking our country and what it means to our townships, county, state . I stated I was disappointed that more township supervisors, state reps and senators didn't attend. It almost seems like they are stuck on a few issue and don't want to learn about the whole picture which includes benefits as well as safety in using our own resources in this country. With the events in the last several days with the attacks and deaths of American citizens and riots stating death to Americans and burning of our flags it is even more important to become energy independent and stop relying on foreign countries for our energy. The next step will be higher gas prices , heating cost, food and services for people already straped in this awful economy.

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