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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PA Supreme Court Declares Law Diverting Oil & Gas Lease Funds To General Fund Unconstitutional

PA Environment Digest Blog
The PA Supreme Court Tuesday issued an opinion declaring the 2009 and 2010 Fiscal Code and other amendments diverting $478 million from DCNR’s Oil and Gas Fund to the General Fund unconstitutional because there was no evidence the General Assembly considered the use of the funds in its role as public trustee for natural resources under the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state constitution (Article I, Section 27).

The case involved a challenge to the transfers by the PA Environmental Defense Foundation including the 2009 Fiscal Code amendments transferring $60 million to the General Fund without restriction to use it for conservation and an additional $143 million transferred to the General Fund in the General Supplemental Appropriations Act, a 2010 transfer of an additional $180 million and a 2014 transfer of $95 million. Read more...


Anonymous said...

Finally some good news! Maybe they'll stop destroying our area to use as a piggy bank.

Anonymous said...

Allowing DCNR to have an oil and gas fund is what should be illegal.

Anonymous said...

A blatant illegal raid of funds put aside for parks and forests, which we MSUT protect. A Democrat, Ed Rendell, led this charge and it got worse when Corbett continued it and then the GOP started slashing of funds for DCNR so not it is the worst of both worlds. Glad the court did the right thing. People were pointing out this grave injustice but nobody wanted to do anything about it.