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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Franklin Kury and the 40-year fight for clean air and water in Pennsylvania

'We uglified our world and called it progress' : the story of environmental rights in Pennsylvania

The story of environmental rights in Pennsylvania was born of coal, centers around Franklin Kury and has been fully confirmed by natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. (photos courtesy of Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Anthracite Museum Complex; Elizabeth H. Kury; Donald Gilliland)
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on April 03, 2014 at 7:30 AM, updated April 03, 2014 at 7:48 AM

Last December - in the midst of the Christmas rush - the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a ruling that sent a shudder through the community of gas industry attorneys and made environmental lawyers pinch themselves to make sure they weren't dreaming.

Although the ruling was applauded at the time by opponents of drilling in the Marcellus shale, its larger implications generated little fanfare among the media and the general public.

The Supreme Court’s decision is the first ever to address the global implications of the Environmental Rights Amendment – Article 1, Section 27 - of the Pennsylvania Constitution, and it reaffirms the clause in some extraordinary ways and – also for the first time ever – gives it real teeth.

The Patriot-News and PennLive have taken an in-depth look at the ruling.

Read this series of stories by Donald Gilliland, a Potter County native now living and working in Harrisburg. It's one of his best series yet.


Anonymous said...

It is amazing how famous our very own Donald Gilliand has become. What a great reporter! Wouldn't be surprised to see him on a major cable news network in the future. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

"The Donald" strikes again! Nice writing. The little muckraker that he is.