A recent Daily News editorial misses the mark when it comes to the facts about responsible natural-gas development. Despite claims advanced by the Daily News and other natural-gas detractors, Act 13 provides much-needed uniformity across the Ccucing municipalities, while also generating a new revenue stream and further enhancing environmental regulations.
Prior to Act 13, a patchwork of local zoning ordinances were unnecessarily impeding the safe, responsible and tightly regulated development of clean-burning, job-creating natural gas. Thankfully, though, this bipartisan law brought forth common-sense solutions aimed at ensuring that local governments have the important input they deserve and need while also making certain that outright bans and unworkable requirements cannot be established. Further, allowing local governments to effectively ban safe natural-gas development, as the Daily News suggests, would deny landowners their fundamental right to access their privately owned resources.