Constitution of Pennsylvania
Natural Resources and the Public Estate
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.
As our world-class state forests, and now state parks, face large-scale, industrial, natural gas drilling, know that you “have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.”
How much of our state forests have been leased without a single public hearing, comment, or input? We’re not talking about a few wells. We’re talking thousands of wells over 700,000 acres of the public’s land. Click here for a map.