Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Robert P. Ging Jr. June 30, 1950 - Aug. 31, 2015 Sportsman, Environmental Attorney Who Worked on Behalf of Individuals

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Robert P. Ging Jr. June 30, 1950 - Aug. 31, 2015 Sportsman, Environmental Attorney Who Worked on Behalf of Individuals

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To those in southwestern Pennsylvania who had an environmental concern, complaint or cause, Bob Ging was known as "The Good Lawyer."

Born Robert P. Ging Jr. 65 years ago in Brookline, Mr. Ging was an environmental attorney who regularly advocated for individuals and grass-roots groups against mining companies and shale gas drillers, landfill operators and a state environmental agency that was sometimes reluctant to enforce its own regulations, or was unresponsive to citizens' environmental problems.

Mr. Ging, who lived along Laurel Hill Creek, outside of Confluence in southern Somerset County, died Monday of multiple organ failure following a lengthy illness, according to his legal secretary and longtime companion, Ruth Edwards.

Mr. Ging was an Eagle Scout and a lifetime member of Trout Unlimited, who reveled in being outdoors, Ms. Edwards said. He guarded the best trout "honey hole" on Laurel Hill Creek and kept his own counsel about where he found baskets of morel mushrooms each spring. A rotund man with a twinkle in his eye and a ready smile, he was as comfortable holding a fly rod or a hunting rifle as he was a tumbler of cognac and a good cigar.

A graduate of Duquesne Law School, Mr. Ging worked for the state Department of Environmental Resources, now the Department of Environmental Protection, in the mid-to-late 1970s, where he was one of the original attorneys on the department's "Environmental Pollution Strike Force," which was formed to pursue landfill and mine operators whose discharges were in violation of the state's Clean Streams Law.

He did his job so well that he lost it, said George Jugovic Jr., chief counsel for the environmental organization Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future and a former director of the DEP's southwest regional office.

"The story was that when the governor's office changed hands, from [Milton] Shapp to [Dick] Thornburgh, the mining companies made a list of people they wanted fired and Bob's name was on the top of that list," Mr. …

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