Murrysville, a municipality in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, approved an amendment to its zoning ordinance that will regulate local Marcellus shale drilling. Enacted on October 5, 2011, the amendment’s stated purpose is to “provide the procedure for the issuance of zoning permits, to protect the character of the community, facilitating beneficial and compatible land uses; and to further the Municipality’s interest in the orderly development and use of land…” Some highlights of the amendment include; requiring developers to file of an application and meet with Municipality staff before commencing operations, banning multiple well pads at a single development site, and prohibiting all drilling activity within 600 feet of a protected structure or within 200 feet of a property line.
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Written by Andy Schwabenbauer, Research Fellow
October 11, 2011