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Jefferson Hills officials: Drilling ordinance may have to change

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By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Jefferson Hills officials expect to change the borough's proposed drilling ordinance if the state Supreme Court does not uphold a lower court ruling.

During a public hearing last week that was attended by 17 residents, officials said the appeal of Act 13 – a series of state regulations for Marcellus shale drilling – might require several changes to the local ordinance, which details numerous conditions for shallow and non-traditional drilling.

“That decision will impact the future of this ordinance,” borough planner Allan Cohen said.

Once the Supreme Court makes its decision, borough officials will finalize the reguations, which currently dictate where and how drilling can occur.

“As it stands right now, it's most likely not going to be enacted and is going to have to have changes,” borough Solicitor William Shimko said.

Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or

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