This month’s column in the Legal Intelligencer / Pennsylvania Law Weekly addresses two unrelated events in the week of April 9 (which speaks volumes about publication lag):

These events raise the question of who ought to be the primary regulator of new shale gas development.  The case for multiple, overlapping regulators is weak.  Which level of government ought to be the "decider?"  Read Preemption and Natural Gas Development:  Who is the Decider?, 35 Pa. L. Weekly 404 (May 1, 2012), here.