The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Reexamines the Environmental Rights Amendment

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected the long-standing test for analyzing claims brought under Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, commonly known as the Environmental Rights Amendment (ERA). In its June 20, 2017 decision in(…)

PA Governor-Elect Wolf Nominates for PADEP and DCNR Cabinet Posts

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pennsylvania Governor-Elect Tom Wolf has announced the nominations of individuals to head some of the state agencies.  He announced the nomination of John Quigley, who served as the Secretary of the Department(…)

PA House Bill Would Require DCNR Leases of State Forest Land To Face Public Scrutiny

As reported by Law360, Representative Rick Mirabito, D-Lycoming, recently introduced House Bill 2318, which, if passed into law, would require the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to provide notice and require public input(…)

Pennsylvania Senate Confirms Two Nominees to Lead Environmental Agencies

Earlier this week, the Senate of Pennsylvania unanimously confirmed Ellen Ferretti as Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and in a 42-8 vote, also confirmed Chris Abruzzo as Secretary of the Department of Environm(…)

Governor Corbett Seeks To Elevate Two Acting Secretaries To Permanent Posts

On September 20th, Governor Corbett announced that he nominated Ellen Ferretti of Luzerne County as Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and E. Christopher Abruzzo of Dauphin County as Secretary of the Department of(…)

Pennsylvania Representative Introduces Legislation to Ban Drilling on DCNR Lands

On March 8, 2013, Pennsylvania State Representative Greg Vitali (D-Delaware County) introduced legislation, House Bill 950, to permanently ban Marcellus Shale leasing on “lands owned and managed by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources”(…)