Pennsylvania Supreme Court refuses to budge on decision


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WKBN) — Pennsylvania’s highest court won’t budge on its decision that struck down a state law that took zoning decisions about natural gas drilling out of the hands of local governments.

The state Supreme Court denied a request by Governor Tom Corbett’s administration to vacate its decision and send it back to a lower court.

Three justices said the restrictions didn’t do enough to protect the environment, and the health and safety of people.

A fourth justice said the law violated due process rights of municipalities to carry out community planning.

The case now goes back to the lower courts for more proceedings.


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