The Allegheny Front is reporting that a big shale gas drilling company is threatening to pull out of Washington County because of new zoning regulations. Range Resources, LLC, the first company in Pennsylvania to successfully combine horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to extract gas from the Marcellus Shale is opposed to new zoning requirements put forward by the Mt. Pleasant Township supervisors. The new requirements haven't passed yet.
The industry has opposed the few local ordinances that have appeared across the state. Some local activists might want to propose such legislation but could find it difficult for their municipalities to enforce. Meanwhile, the state level seems disinclined to increase regulation. What's to be done?