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Landowners’ lawsuit could harpoon environmental activists’ Pa. campaign

A legal battle in Western Pennsylvania may set outside limits on the behaviors recognized as legitimate First Amendment protected speech and activities by environmental groups opposing the development of shale energy projects in the Marcellus Shale region. And according to a published legal analysis by Philadelphia law firm Blank Rome, discussed further below, the implications may reach far beyond the Commonwealth’s borders.

Dewey Homes and Investment Properties, LLC., et al., v. Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. is a lawsuit arising after contested hearings by authorities in Middlesex Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, to approve new zoning rules that, according to a May 29, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article, will “open up more than 90 percent of the township to gas drilling and development, including areas within a half-mile of schools.

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