PA Department of Environmental Protection Ignores PA Constitution

On Thursday, February 9th, the journalĀ Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene published a study that demonstrated a significant rise in methane levels in the air in northeastern Pennsylvania, where the production of natural gas is high.

On Monday, February 13th, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection approved a pipeline project to carry this shale-gas 350 miles from western Pennsylvania and other states all the way to Marcus Hook on the Delaware River (eastern Pennsylvania), endangering streams and wetlands as well as the air we breathe. This project has been supported by both Republican Governor Tom Corbett and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.

Article 1, Section 27 of the PA Constitution reads: "The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."