PA Senate Memo: Counties Pursuing Climate Litigation Will Reap Economic Consequences

A Pennsylvania state senator plans to introduce legislation prohibiting municipalities that file climate lawsuits against energy companies from reaping the economic benefits of the oil and gas industry. Announced in light of Bucks County’s recent climate lawsuit and the activist group Center for Climate Integrity (CCI)’s pitch to Allegheny County, the legislation marks the latest effort from state leaders rejecting this litigation campaign.

Senator Gene Yaw, who chairs the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee, put out a memo last month announcing his plans. Specifically, the bill would exclude municipalities engaged in the Rockefeller-funded-and-nationally-coordinated climate litigation campaign from receiving distributions of Impact Fees collected from the state’s oil and gas activity.

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