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Fracking and Alternative Energy

Babst Calland: Federal Court Invalidates Portions of a Local Ordinance, Which Banned the Use of Underground Injection Wells

By Alana E. Fortna

On October 14, 2015, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania invalidated several provisions of a Grant Township, Indiana County, Pennsylvania local ordinance that was intended to prevent an oil and gas operator from operating an injection well that had been permitted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In Pennsylvania General Energy Company, L.L.C. v. Grant Township, C.A. No. 14-209, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139921 (W.D. Pa. Oct. 14, 2015) [ subscribers can  read the enhanced opinionLexis Advance], Pennsylvania General Energy Company, L.L.C. challenged the constitutionality, validity and enforceability of the Grant Township ordinance that sought to establish a self-described Community Bill of Rights Ordinance. For additional information, read our recent Administrative Watch.

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