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Pennsylvania Court Issues Groundbreaking Decision Limiting the Government’s Ability to Assess Penalties for Alleged “Continuing...

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court has ruled that once an unpermitted discharge ceases, violations under The Clean Streams Law cease, even when pollution continues to persist in waters of the Commonwealth. While this places...more

Change in permitting process for companies conducting hydrostatic testing in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s general permit for discharges from hydrostatic testing of tanks and pipelines expired on December 20, 2014. Companies who have not previously obtained a general permit and are planning to conduct hydrostatic...more

2/12/2015  /  Oil & Gas , Permits , Pipelines , Storage Tanks

Unanimous Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court rules that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Environmental Rights Amendment in...

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled on January 7, 2015 that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Environmental Rights Amendment in Robinson Township, which was backed by only three justices, is nonbinding. The...more

The Four Biggest Takeaways from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Marcellus Shale Decision

In a huge victory for municipal governments and opponents of unconventional gas drilling, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down portions of the commonwealth’s 2012 Oil and Gas Act (also known as “Act 13”). This Alert...more

12/23/2013  /  Marcellus Shale , Oil & Gas , Shale Gas

Right-to-Know Law Litigants in Pennsylvania Are Now Free to Introduce New Evidence and Arguments During Appeals and After OOR...

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Bowling v. Office of Open Records, No. 20 MAP 2011, 2013 WL 4436219, at *1 (Pa. Aug. 20, 2013), that courts reviewing pending cases under the state’s Right-to-Know Law (“RTKL”)...more

Supreme Court decision will impact land-development projects nationwide

In a decision that will impact land-development projects nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court held this week that the government may not condition a land-use permit on mitigation requirements that do not have an essential...more

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