Heartfelt thanks to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justices Ronald Castille, Debra McCloskey Todd, Seamus McCaffery and Max Baer for overruling Act 13’s theft of our ability to protect ourselves in our communities from being assaulted without recourse by the industrialization, the pollution and the environmental degradation of fracking (“High Court Sides With Towns Over Gas Drilling,” Dec. 20).
And thanks, too, to South Fayette and other communities that went to the trouble and expense of bringing the case. This decision is a hope-engendering holiday gift to the people of Pennsylvania.
The Corbett administration and its allies have treated the huge, out-of-state drilling companies as their constituents, while disenfranchising the citizens who elected them by forbidding local zoning prohibitions and, astoundingly, by trying to muzzle the ability of physicians even to tell patients about health impacts of drilling. The complete capitulation of the administration to the gas companies raises the question of what the drilling companies’ wealth might be buying them.
We should all remember in the next election cycle who stood on our side and who was willing to sell our health and environment to the highest bidders.
SUSAN ORENSTEIN, M.D.