Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Court Ruling on Act 13 Is a Sign of Hope for Stronger Regs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Court Ruling on Act 13 Is a Sign of Hope for Stronger Regs

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Finally, with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on Act 13 ("Justices Strike Down Pa. Law on Shale Gas," Sept. 29), it looks like our state is starting to take people's right to a healthy environment seriously. But considering that the oil and gas industry has been underregulated since its arrival in our state, we have a lot of work to do to protect our health.

The current regulations are not enough. Most urgently, there are still no regulations to stop methane leaks and other dangerous air pollutants and particulates from oil and gas operations. The Pennsylvania Constitution promises us the right to clean air. The state government should be protecting the health and safety of its residents - not the profits of the fossil fuel industry.

As a mother in Penn Township, Westmoreland County (a community that is being heavily targeted by fracking companies), I am extremely concerned with the air quality around our homes and schools. …

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