Environmental protection in the Commonwealth

A PA Consultant Ecologist, professionally involved in wetlands protection for the past 40+ years, wrote this week: The most encouraging court decision I have seen lately is Chief Justice Castile’s decision in Robinson Township v . PA, the oil and gas case in PA Supreme Court. PA Supreme Court also rejected the state’s motion to reconsider. Commonwealth Court has not yet begun to consider the remand. The PA bar seems to think the Castile decision is well written and potentially very significant for environmental protection in the Commonwealth going forward. It expands standing for environmentalists as well as ability to appeal to Environmental Rights Amendment of 1971 to PA Constitution that has been buried for 40 years.

Let’s hope so.

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