[JURIST] The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 4-3 on Thursday that Pennsylvania's new oil and gas law [Act 13 materials] violated the state's constitution by placing zoning rights regarding hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" [JURIST news archive] solely in the hands of state authorities. Fracking is the process of injecting a high pressured mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to break through rock and release oil and natural gas. The court declared that Act 13...

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