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The Butler Eagle recently reported on the Butler Township Meeting discussing changes to the township’s zoning rules for drilling for oil and gas. The article reports that the township is revisiting its zoning laws as a result of the repealed parts of state Act 13, which said gas and oil development could not be regulated by local zoning rules.

“Under the township proposal, wells would be allowed as a conditional use in 15 acre properties zoned agricultural and manufacturing as well as 100 acre lots zoned multifamily residential. The agricultural and manufacturing properties would need a property setback of 300 feet. Residential properties would need a setback of 750 feet, and a 1,000 foot buffer from any other building,” reports the article.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Energy Shareholder Shawn N. Gallagher, on behalf of firm client XTO, urged commissioners to reconsider the changes with millions of dollars of gas at stake. “Butler Township is a leader, and other municipalities will follow with similar, problematic ordinances,” he said.

Read the full article - "Twp. Tables Views Heard on Gas Grilling" (Butler Eagle, May 19, 2015). Subscription required.