HARRISBURG — “State officials say Pittsburgh’s ban on natural gas production does not comply with Pennsylvania law, pointing to what they say are several issues within the stringent local ordinance.
Those recommendations, outlined in an advisory opinion from the Public Utility Commission dated Monday, were drafted in response to a February request from city solicitor Daniel Regan.
The commission is authorized to determine whether local drilling rules fall within the parameters set up in the new state law known as Act 13.
PUC officials delayed issuing opinions on local ordinances while the lawsuit challenging that statute was pending earlier this summer, but began working through a stack of requests last month after a portion of the law was overturned.”
— Laura Olsen and Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette