Pa. township barred from blocking seismic testing

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PITTSBURGH (AP) – A federal judge has barred a Western Pennsylvania township from interfering with a Texas company using public roads to conduct seismic testing this month.


ION Geophysical Corp. of Houston sued Hempfield Township, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, saying it lacked authority to block the testing.


The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that U.S. District Judge Maurice Cohill on Thursday granted the company’s request for a preliminary injunction allowing it to conduct the tests until the lawsuit is resolved.


Cohill said blocking the tests would hurt the company and allowing them won’t hurt the township.


Doug Weimer, chairman of the township supervisors, said he is disappointed, and supervisors “will review the decision and decide what to do next.” He said the board was trying to protect property owners.


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