Recent natural gas-related developments including proposed metering stations in Dallas Township have spurred some Back Mountain municipalities to update their zoning ordinances.
Municipalities are limited in what they can do about natural gas drilling because the state Oil & Gas Act takes precedence. Boroughs and townships have no say in how drilling is done, but they do have the ability to designate where it can be done.
Many parts of the Back Mountain, including Harveys Lake, Dallas Borough and Dallas, Franklin, Jackson and Kingston townships, might never see a rig because they're too close to the Lackawanna Syncline, the banana-shaped geological formation that's good for hard coal and bad for gas.
Read a copy of Dallas Township's zoning amendment
But it isn't just the drilling with which municipalities might have to contend.
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