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Can Shale Gas Help Accelerate the Transition to Sustainability?
Few energy issues in recent decades have proven as contentious as shale gas. The rapid recent development of shale gas in the United States has reduced gas prices, helped the U.S. economy recover from the recent recession, reduced U.S. dependence on foreign energy supplies, and even apparently…
What are the Positions of the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidates on Sustainability Issues?
The Environmental Law Center at Widener University School of Law has published an in-depth comparison of the Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates’ positions on issues related to sustainability. The comparison is available here. The comparison is a side-by-side breakdown on 11 key issues…
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Robinson Township Decision: A Step Back for Marcellus Shale, A Step Forward for Environmental Rights and the Public Trust
On December 19, 2013, in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held unconstitutional major parts of Pennsylvania’s “Act 13”—a 2012 oil and gas law designed to facilitate the development of natural gas from Marcellus Shale. In so doing, the Court breathed new life into Article I, Section 27 of Pennsylvania’s constitution…
Who is John Dernbach?
John C. Dernbach is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Widener’s Harrisburg campus and co-director of Widener’s two-campus Environmental Law Center. John leads a project, Sustaining America, that reviews sustainable development efforts in the United States and makes recommendations for future action. Read on