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Environment Legislation

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted PennFuture’s petition for review of an appellate court decision allowing high volume hydraulic gas drilling in areas zoned as “residential-agricultural.” PennFuture submitted its opening brief to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on August 1, 2016, a reply brief on September 19, 2016, and awaits oral arguments.

In 2014, PennFuture secured a victory in Pennsylvania’s Court of Common Pleas on behalf of its clients, four residents of Fairfield Township, Lycoming County, appealing a conditional use permit issued by Township Supervisors for high volume gas drilling operation in a district zoned "residential-agricultural.” The drilling company, Inflection Energy, LLC, and the Township appealed the lower court’s decision. The Commonwealth Court reversed the lower court’s decision finding the proposed gas development was similar to and compatible with other uses in the residential-agricultural zoned area.

In 2014, PennFuture brought a citizen suit to enforce the conditions in the Borough of Confluence’s permit to operate a wastewater treatment facility. Confluence was allowing polluted water into the Youghiogheny River known for its high water quality and trout fishing habitat.
PennFuture challenged the validity of Mt. Pleasant Township’s ordinance allowing gas drilling in all zoned districts, including a proposed natural gas drilling site in close proximity to a school.

Environment Policies

Introduced: Rep. Dan Moul (R)
House Resolution urging Congress to repeal the MS4 stormwater pollution program.

Introduced: Rep. Bob Godshall (R)
Directs the Commonwealth to adopt National Groundwater Association standards for well water construction.

More Information:
PennFuture Letter of Support (2015-2016)
Patriot News Op-Ed: Adopt Well Water Standards

Agency: Fish and Boat Commission
Proposed river and stream designations as Wild Trout waterways to manage self-sustaining trout populations as a natural resource.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Proposed Changes
Public Comment Page

Agency: Fish and Boat Commission
Proposed river and stream designations as Class A Wild Trout waterways to manage self-sustaining trout populations as a natural resource.

More Information:
Pennsylvania Bulletin Notice
Proposed Changes
Public Comment Page

Environment Blog Posts

PennFuture CEO Larry Schweiger discusses the latest developments.
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As a new administration prepares to take office, Chief Development Officer Joy Braunstein explores how her past experience at the federal level can serve as a prediction for what's to come.
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In Harrisburg, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Just as exciting as the holiday season, this week, the Capitol Region hosts the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show – the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation.
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