Pa. Justices Will Weigh Enviro Challenges To Gas Leasing

Law360, Philadelphia (November 19, 2015, 6:23 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to wade into a dispute over the leasing of public forestland for natural gas drilling as it weighs how judges should approach government decisions challenged under the so-called Environmental Rights Amendment of the state's constitution.

The justices said they would allow argument after a January decision by the state's Commonwealth Court finding that the amendment — codified at Article 1, Section 27 — didn't require revenue from oil and gas drilling on public land to go toward environmental goals.

The court said it would consider "the proper standards for judicial review of government actions and...

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