Who knows your community better? Harrisburg would have you believe that they do. Over the loud objection of many local governments and citizens, on Feb. 14, 2012 Gov. Corbett signed into law act 13 which stripped local municipalities of their rights to zone within their boarders forcing local residents to allow oil and gas drilling, processing, and pipelines in all zoning regions including in residential areas and next to schools. In short, decades worth of carefully thought out local zoning laws put in place to safeguard the health, safety, and character of our communities were erased with the stroke of a pen on Valentine’s Day.
The Corbett administration, the general assembly, and state agencies have overstepped their bounds time and time again by putting the profits of oil companies over the people and the laws of the Commonwealth and I for one am happy that the courts are rolling back their power grab.