"Oil and Gas Producers in Allegheny National
Forest Win Preliminary Injunction" - Reprinted from New York
Property Rights Clearinghouse, Vol. 14, No. 1 (PRFA, Winter 2010)
"Mountain States Legal Foundation Goes Public
That it is the Legal Entity Suing on Behalf of Pennsylvania Oil
and Gar Producers" - News
Brief, PRFA, Summer 2009
Update June 4, 2003
"Bulletin: McGinty Confirmed to Head Pennsylvania DEP"
In a victory for advocates of stronger central regulation
of land use and industry, the State Senate confirmed Governor
Rendell's appointment of Clinton environmental bureaucrat Kathleen
A. McGinty to head the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection on June 3, with a vote of 41 to 8, all "nay"
votes cast by Republicans.
- Urgent Action Alert!
Oppose the Appointment of Katie McGinty as Secretary of the Department
of Environmental Protection (PRFA, Jan. 31, 2003)
this topic: Government
Land Ownership and Control National
Pennsylvania Passes Conservation Easement Legislation
With little opposition, the Uniform Conservation Easement Act
passed the Pennsylvania legislature this summer with the all-important
bill's standard provisions intact that cancel historic common
law provisions against negative encumbrances, but with a revision
to the standard provisions granting third party enforcement powers.
A forest industry amendment added early in the summer is designed
to restrict third party enforcement powers to parties named in
the easement. Last minute wording also adds the purposes of "economic
benefit," and "managing the land" to the legislation.
Protections for coal rights were incorporated earlier. Pennsylvania
landowners and forest industry had learned about the bill from
PRFA, which had also posted information on the PRFA web page.
Update - June 2001:
Easement Bill in Pennsylvania Legislature-H.R. 975 Would Cancel
Protections for Private Property, Allow Third Parties to Enforce
Conservation Easements" - Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, June 2001)
Pennsylvania, Plans to Condemn Property for a Trail after it
Loses Lawsuit Against Owners"
Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum
Keith Klingler, President
Manager of exclusively his own forest holdings, inclusing oil,
gas, mineral, syrup production, and timber.
Official member of Pennsylvania DEP Sewage Advisory Council
Institute for Justice
(a non-profit legal
foundation that defends freedom, is representing property owners
in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other areas where
cities are using eminent domain to take property from small businesses
and homeowners to transfer it to their private businesses, such
as hotels and upscale stores.)
Pennsylvania Landowners' Association
Keith Klingler, President
Advocate for landowners; publishes excellent newsletter, "Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Electronic Bill
- Testimony in Support
of the Shallow, Conventional Oil and Gas Producers in Opposition
to Pennsylvania's Proposed Oil and Gas Surface Activities Regulations,
This is a group of selected statements to Pennsylvania's
Environmental Quality Board in support of the conventional oil
and gas producers and drillers, explaining why the state's
Department of Environmental Protection's proposed changes
to chapter 78 oil and gas surface activities regulations, which
were drafted in response to the development of the deep, large-scale
Marcellus Shale oil and gas wells, but are not appropriate
to be applied to the shallow, conventional oil and gas producers
and drillers with their small scale operations and should not
be applied to them.
On January 22, 2014, the comment period was extended to March
Oil and Gas Producers Plan to Sue U.S. Forest Service"
- By Carol W. LaGrasse, Reprinted from New York Property Rights
Clearinghouse, Vol. 13, No. 2 (PRFA, Spring 2009)
Oil and gas producers in the Allegheny National Forest are
bringing a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service because
the agency issued obstructive new regulations after settling
a lawsuit brought by environmental groups to impose NEPA on the
use of the privately held mineral rights This obstruction of
the exercise of mineral rights of oil and gas producers, which
operated long before the National Forest was created, is part
of wider policy change. Although the original purpose of the
National Forest was timber production, the harvests and the revenue
for local towns have recently been drastically cut back.
More on this
Production & Distribution ObstructionNational
By Carol W. LaGrasse, President, Property Rights Foundation of
America, Before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and
Public Lands of the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House
of Representatives Regarding H. R. 1286, Washington-Rochambeau
Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Designation Act,
October 30, 2007"
The proposed 600-mile Washington-Rochambeau Historic Trail
through nine states from Rhode Island to Virginia poses a threat
to private property rights because of the National Park Service's
pattern of secrecy, lack of true public participation, piecemeal
development, use of municipalities and non-profit agencies as
false fronts, and use of eminent domain (directly, indirectly
through local municipalities, and later to widen trails). Amendments
to H.R. 1286 are proposed to eliminate these deficiencies.
More on this
Wave of UNESCO World Heritage Sites Proposed" - By Carol
W. LaGrasse (PRFA Position Brief, June 2007)
This spring, the National Park Service announced that 36 locations
in the United States have been proposed for UNESCO World Heritage
Sites, adding to the twenty that already are designated in this
country. Such international recognition potentially threatens
private property rights because preservationists could exploit
the designation to stop the use of land in the region just beyond
a site's borders.
More on this
Reserves & World Heritage Sites
by Zoning - by Jack Down, President of Citizens Against Repressive
Zoning (C.A.R.Z.) (February 4, 2002)
Jack Down's moving summary of the roster
of people killed in recent years because of zoning enforcement.
Jump to Pennsylvania
More on this
& Buliding CodesNational
Trail Poses a Threat to Private Property Owners"-by
Carol W. LaGrasse, The Mercury, Pottstown, Pennsylvania,
June 10, 2001
After losing a court battle where it claimed to have acquired
title to an old railroad right-of way, Montgomery County, which
is northwest of Philadelphia, has begun condemning the property
for a trail. The course of the trail, which is named after the
nearby Perkiomen Creek, follows the old rail bed as well as some
of extensive parkland along the creek. This Opinion piece explains
that Perkiomen Trail poses a threat to private property owners
in two important respects: the construction of the trail route
itself and the broader long-term acquisition plans to gobble
up the private land along the creek and join the waterfront to
the rail bed in a greenway.
More on this
to Trails National
- "Testimony of Victoria Pozsgai-Khoury
Before The House Committee on Government Reform, October 6, 2000"
In response to Rep. Burton's invitation to describe
the their "family's experience dealing with
the Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA in order to comply with
the federal government's wetlands policy,"
Mr. Pozsgai's two daughters, Victoria Khoury and Gloria
Heater, spoke eloquently of the federal government's injustice
that has trapped John Pozsgai for approximately fifteen years.
Victoria Khoury's testimony about her father's
flight to the United States during the 1956 Hungarian revolution
and how he worked forty years to build a life for his family
in freedom was heart-rending.