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Appeal of Zoning Decision Middlesex Township, PA

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network has been a lead partner in litigation in Middlesex Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania challenging the Township’s attempt to open up nearly all of the Township (over 90%) to shale gas development. 

Other parties include Clean Air Council, and four (4) local citizens concerned about the impacts of gas development on themselves, their families’ health, and their community. 

The litigation challenges the ordinance on multiple grounds, including violation of Article I, Sections 1 and 27, and the Municipalities Planning Code. 

During the hearings we have been able to present expert testimony that demonstrates the adverse impacts shale gas extraction has on the community and the risks to future generations.