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Court Rules Industry, Legislators Have No Place in Marcellus Suit

Motions to intervene made by industry representatives and leaders of the state House and Senate were denied Friday.

Motions filed by members of the state Legislature and the Marcellus Shale industry to intervene in a legal challenge to Act 13—the commonwealth’s new law regulating drilling and related activities—were denied Friday.

Argument on the matter was held in Harrisburg Tuesday, and the ruling is the latest movement in the

In the order, senior Judge Keith B. Quigley ruled that the interests of the Pennsylvania Gas Association, Marcellus Shale Coalition, MarkWest, Penneco Oil Co. and Chesapeake Appalachian would already be well represented by the court.

It also ruled that Senate President Pro Tem Joseph Scarnati and House Speaker Samuel H. Smith, who moved to intervene on behalf of the Legislature, were not eligible to be parties in the case.

“Less parties in the litigation process will allow it to move forward in a more expedited fashion,” said attorney John Smith, who is spearheading the challenge.

Editor's Note: To read the full order, click on the attached PDF.

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