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Pa. oil and gas industry association takes DEP to court

An oil and gas industry group on Friday accused Pennsylvania regulators of improperly including certain environmental requirements on applications for state well permits.

In two court filings, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association says the state Supreme Court threw out a section of the Act 13 oil and gas law of 2012 that allowed the Department of Environmental Protection to seek extra steps on the applications. The provisions require drillers in some cases to complete a form related to potential impacts on public resources, and consider potential effects of drilling on protected animals and plants.

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