A Nuanced Decision on Oil, Gas Revenue From Shale Wells

January 13, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PEC in the News

The words “Robinson Township” appeared 16 times in a Commonwealth Court opinion issued last week that upheld the state legislature’s right to use oil and gas revenue from drilling in state forests for general spending.

In some quarters, that alone is either a victory or a disappointment.

The township’s name is a shorthand reference to a case the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided in late 2013, in which a plurality of the justices revived the dormant environmental rights amendment to the state constitution. The opinion boldly reasserted the commonwealth’s responsibilities for…

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