MCDONALD, Pa. (AP) — A county judge says a southwestern Pennsylvania township was wrong to first delay, then finally deny applications by Range Resources for two permits to drill natural gas wells.
The (Washington) Observer-Reporter (http://bit.ly/1nIQahi) reports Washington County Judge John DiSalle automatically approved the permits in issuing his ruling Monday.
The township's supervisors had argued that Range hasn't properly answered questions about site plans, noise standards and other township rules.
But Range contends it met the same requirements for the new wells as it has for three others the company drilled in the township southwest of Pittsburgh in 2010.
The judge agreed, saying the township unilaterally delayed hearings without reason and delayed their decision on 2012 permit applications longer than the 45 days the township's planning code allows.
Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com