PennFuture's law staff provides more than $2 million in low-cost legal services to citizens, fishing and hunting groups and conservation organizations throughout Pennsylvania so they can have a voice in decisions that impact their health and welfare and the environment. The law staff offers a wide range of services to its members and clients, including counseling, advocacy before state agencies, and representation in litigation to protect the public's right to a clean, healthy environment.

In many situations, PennFuture's law staff serves as a watchdog over regulatory agencies, filing comments and action letters to guarantee that Pennsylvania's environment and economy are protected to the fullest extent of the law. Please see our legal Comments and Action Letters page (link on the right side of this page) for a compilation of those activities.

In other cases, we file court actions to force legal compliance from polluters. The list lower on this page outlines all court cases we are currently undertaking.

Past and present clients have included the Pennsylvania Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs Inc., the National Audubon Society, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club, numerous watershed associations, and citizen action groups. If you have an environmental legal problem you would like PennFuture to consider, send us a Request for Legal Assistance using the link in the right column of any page within the legal area of our website.

Case Name Summary
Appeal of NPDES Permit No. PAG130031 authorizing discharge from Upper Gwynedd Township’s MS4 system To challenge Pennsylvania DEP's authorization of municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) discharge under a general permit without sufficient public participation and without adequate assurance that the permit is consistent with the requirements contained in the municipality's wasteload allocation (WLA) in an approved total maximum daily load (TMDL) report. (More Details)

Brian and Dawn Gorsline and Paul and Michele Batkowski v. Fairfield Township Board of Supervisors and Inflection Energy, LLC Victory in this matter on behalf of four residents of Fairfield Township, Lycoming County. PennFuture appealed a conditional use permit issued by the Township Supervisors for an unconventional gas well pad in a district zoned "Residential-Agriculltural" under the Township's zoning ordinance. (More Details)

Harvey Mine NPDES Permit Appeal Ensure permitting requirements are satisfied (More Details)

PennFuture v. Borough of Confluence Municipal Authority Remove polluted discharge from a portion of the Youghiogheny River known for its high water quality and trout fishing habitat. (More Details)

PennFuture v. Pennsylvania DEP and Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC PennFuture has appealed an authorization issued to Anadarko under the DEP's general permit for earth disturbance activities. (More Details)

Pennsylvania Coal Mine Bonding Program -- 1999 Citizen Suit To ensure that Pennsylvania's bonding program meets minimum federal standards for guaranteeing reclamation of the land and perpetual treatment of post-mining discharges of acid mine drainage pollution. (More Details)

Pennsylvania Coal Mine Bonding Program -- Review of Federal Agency Actions Ensure that Pennsylvania's bonding program for coal mines meets the minimum standards of federal law, and specifically the requirement of 30 C.F.R. § 800.11(e)(1) that an alternative bonding system "must assure that the regulatory authority will have available sufficient money to complete the reclamation plan for any areas which may be in default at any time." (More Details)

Pennsylvania Coal Mine Bonding Program – ABS Program Amendment Ensure that Pennsylvania's bonding program for coal mines meets the minimum standards of federal law, and specifically the requirements of 30 C.F.R. § 800.11(e)(1), as interpreted in the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals in PFSC v. Kempthorne, 497 F.3d 337 (3d Cir. 2007). (More Details)

Pittsburgh Strip District Stormwater Case This suit seeks to compel the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority to enforce the City's green infrastrucutre stormwater ordinance at the Buncher Company's development in Pittsburgh's Strip District. (More Details)

PennFuture continues to fight irresponsible oil and gas development in Pennsylvania
On Monday, our attorneys filed a brief requesting...

PennFuture, FracTracker team up on GIS map showing shale gas development on public lands
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Permit applications for shale gas wells within one mile of a Washington County school: Withdrawn.
In October 2014, citizens from Mt. Pleasant...

Impoundments are the pits (Part I)
According to the non-profit mapping organization...