Managing Marcellus 2017 Update

Regulating and Planning for Shale Gas Development: a 2017 Update

The development of shale gas in southwestern Pennsylvania has had an impact with the promise of new, diversified income to small communities. Ongoing updates on regulations and rules pose an issue to municipal leaders and the public, which makes actively keeping up to date with regulatory framework pivotal. The Center for Energy Policy and Management, in partnership with the Local Government Academy, is pleased to bring you Regulating and Planning for Shale Gas Development: a 2017 Update.

From comprehensive plans to pipeline agreements, this informational program will update local officials and residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania about current zoning and land use issues in local communities, including regulatory framework that drives these matters as they pertain to shale gas development.

Speakers will cover local government’s role in regulating shale gas development, recent state and federal court rulings that affect how local communities govern shale gas development, and local ordinances issues such as buffers, noise, how to approach multi-municipal planning, and other issues of concern to the audience.


Joy Ruff, Senior Associate at Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, will discuss local governments and what comprehensive plans, zoning, and saldos mean for oil and gas development.

Jim McElfish, an ELI Senior Attorney and director of the Sustainable Use of Land Program and the Water Resources area for the Environmental Law Institute, will discuss recent federal and state court cases and provide a regulatory update. He will discuss how these cases and regulations affect local governments.

Joe Morascyzk, a founder of Morascyzk & Polochak Law Offices, will direct the discussion to local land owner concerns, covering leasing as well as takings, eminent domain, and pipeline agreements.


Managing Marcellus is an ongoing series produced in partnership with Local Government Academy and Center for Energy Policy and Management at Washington and Jefferson College. The Managing Marcellus series bridges municipal leaders and the public with resources and assistance needed to face the challenges of natural gas development.

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