PEDF Argues Before PA Supreme Court to End Drilling on Public Land

Over a year ago in a crushing blow to the litigious anti-drilling group Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation (PEDF), the PA Commonwealth Court ruled against the PEDF’s lawsuit that attempts to stop all drilling and leasing of state-owned lands for oil and gas drilling (see PA Court Rules to Allow More Leasing/Drilling of State-Owned Land). The court said a) such drilling is just fine and b) the decision of whether or not to allow drilling on state-owned lands (and which parcels) rests with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The court further said that the General Assembly can decide how the monies received from leasing and production royalties will be spent–even as part of the general budget. The problem with the decision is how the court arrived at it (see Troubling Win in PA Court Victory that Allows State Land Drilling). It’s taken more than a year, but the PEDF appealed the lost case to PA’s Supreme Court and tomorrow the PEDF will argue before the high court that the state’s constitution is really meaningless and should be disregarded. Radical environmental organizations have filed a “friend of the court” brief in support of the PEDF. The radicals joining PEDF are the nutty Sierra Clubbers, THE Delaware Riverkeeper, PennFuture (the organization that spawned current DEP Secretary John Quigley), and the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association…

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