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Webinar offered on Act 13 decision

August 1, 2012

REGION — Penn State Extension will host a special webinar titled “A Blow to Act 13?: The Impact of the Commonwealth Court’s Decision on Local Zoning and Natural Gas Development in Pennsylvania” on Thursday, August 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. This webinar is free and open to the public, and will be of special interest to municipal officials and attorneys.

Last week a Pennsylvania appellate court rejected the Pennsylvania legislature’s pre-emption of significant elements of local zoning under Act 13. The ruling has been appealed to the State Supreme Court. Attorney Steve Saunders with Saunders Law LLC in Scranton, PA will look at traditional zoning in Pennsylvania and oil and gas development before and after Act 13, the legal arguments presented to the Commonwealth Court, and the Court’s rationale for its decision. Possible outcomes and how local governments should react will be discussed.
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