- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

ROGERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A seismic testing company has gone to federal court to challenge a southwestern Pennsylvania township’s ordinance regulating seismic testing.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (https://bit.ly/1ogppT0 ) reports that Geokinetics USA Inc. of Houston argues that the ordinance in Green County’s Center Township is vague, overly burdensome, charges unreasonable fees and is superseded by state law.

The company says it has a contract with almost 4,000 property owners to conduct seismic testing for the gas and oil industry, but the ordinance requires the company to pay for tests on nearby structures, restricts testing hours and bans tests from November through April.

In April, ION Geophysical Corp. of Houston won a preliminary injunction after challenging an ordinance regulating seismic testing in Westmoreland County’s Hempfield Township. The two sides later came to an agreement.


Information from: Herald-Standard, https://www.heraldstandard.com/

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