Thursday, October 13, 2011

Natural gas driller sues Pa. township over zoning
Oct. 13, 2011

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- Natural gas driller Range Resources is challenging a southwestern Pennsylvania township's new rules restricting the placement of well pads.

The driller filed the challenge against Cecil Township on Wednesday in Washington County Court.
The Observer-Reporter of Washington reports Range Resources claims the township supervisors failed to provide adequate notice of the changes to landowners and residents.

The township supervisors in September approved rules changes requiring drillers to appear before its planning commission before constructing a well pad. The changes also require drillers to stay at least 2,000 feet from schools and 500 feet from homes unless getting a waiver.

The Cecil Township solicitor tells the Observer-Reporter the zoning changes were "nonsubstantial amendments" that didn't require advertisement.

Range Resources sued a neighboring municipality in August over restrictions on drilling in residential and conservation areas.

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