Pa. Gas-Drilling Is Illegal Use Of Resources, Judge Hears

Law360, Philadelphia (November 4, 2013, 4:36 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania environmental group challenging the constitutionality of a state law that diverts $143 million from the state’s Oil and Gas Lease Fund to the general fund and opens 65,000 acres of public forestland for gas drilling told a Commonwealth Court on Monday that these changes directly affect the group.

Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation attorney John Childe told Senior Judge Keith Quigley that the group had justiciable claims that a series of amendments to the state’s fiscal code threatened natural resources that are explicitly protected under...
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