Another State Supreme Court Ruling for Environmental Rights

In its latest decision, the court holds that royalties received for drilling on state forest land must be used only for environmental purposes -- not for the general state budget.

In explaining its decision, the court interpreted Article I, Section 27, of the Pennsylvania Constitution:

"The Commonwealth (including the Governor and General Assembly) may not approach our public natural resources as a proprietor, and instead must at all times fulfill its role as a trustee."

An earlier article in State Impact pointed out how industry's use (real or threatened) of eminent domain for pipeline projects could be affected by the Court's ruling on the states Oil and Gas Act.