2012-01-05 / Local & State

Driller Files Court Appeal Of Pa. Town’s Ordinance

MORGAN, Pa. (AP) – Range Resources Appalachia LLC has gone to court to challenge a southwestern Pennsylvania township ordinance that restricts natural gas drilling.

Thursday's Allegheny County court appeal has been expected since the South Fayette Township zoning board rejected another appeal in November, saying Range Resources has no legal reason to challenge the ordinance because the company has yet to apply for drilling permits.

Range Resources says buffer zones and other aspects of the ordinance are so restrictive the ordinance essentially bans drilling and robs landowners of their right to lease their natural gas rights to the drilling company, making it illegal.

A township attorney says he's yet to see a copy of the appeal.

Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the company “intends to respect the legal process.”

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