The Meaning of "Reasonable Development" of Mineral Resources

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 17, 2011

Marcellus Shale driller fighting South Fayette ordinance
Erich Schwartzel

Range Resources is challenging a local zoning ordinance that limits development to “zoning districts” rather than throughout the township. Range Resources claims that the restriction, albeit not an outright ban, constitutes a “de facto taking” and also represents regulatory “double dipping” inasmuch as the issue is already regulated under the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Act.