Pa. Ruling On Parks Drilling Weakens Enviro Amendment

Law360, Philadelphia (January 8, 2015, 8:13 PM EST) -- When a Pennsylvania appeals court cleared the way for natural gas leases on public lands to bolster the state's general fund, it took some of the punch out of a landmark 2013 state Supreme Court ruling that elevated the status of the long-dormant Environmental Rights Amendment, experts said Thursday.

With Governor-elect Tom Wolf unlikely, at least at first, to avail himself of this newly clarified power and open state parks and forests to new leases, the most significant immediate impact of the decision may be on the use of the amendment as a weapon in environmental litigation. The 1971 addition to...

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