A federal judge in Pennsylvania has struck parts of a charter passed by Highland Township that barred oil and gas companies from storing fracking waste in the town, saying it was preempted by federal and state law and unconstitutional.

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In a decision on Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Baxter in Erie, Pennsylvania granted a motion by Pittsburgh-based oil and gas company Seneca Resources to declare much of the so-called home rule charter invalid, agreeing that the township had exceeded its legislative authority.

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