Natural Resources

The League of Women Voters believes that natural resources should be managed as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems.

Resources should be conserved and protected to assure their future availability. Pollution of these resources should be controlled in order to preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of ecosystems with maximum protection of public health and the environment.

The League promotes resource conservation, stewardship and long-range planning, with the responsibility for managing natural resources shared by all levels of government for maximum protection of public health and the environment.

Policies that reduce energy growth rates, emphasize energy conservation and encourage the use of renewable resources are strongly supported by the League, as well as promoting policies that manage land as a finite resource and that incorporate principles of stewardship.

 

Our Positions in Brief

Natural Gas Extraction from Marcellus Shale

LWVPA supports the maximum protection of public health and the environment in all aspects of Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction, storage, transmission, waste disposal, inspection, and enforcement. The League further advocates for transparency and responsiveness to stakeholder input in all aspects of natural resources management.

LWVPA supports the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling (December 2013) based on Amendment One (I), Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution as enacted in 1972 which promises: …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. More information on Shale Gas:  http://shalepalwv.org

Pipelines

LWVPA supports the maximum protection of public health and the environment in all aspects of Marcellus Shale natural gas transmission operations through improved siting, regulation, inspection, and enforcement that is transparent and responsive to stakeholder input.

Water Resources

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that natural resources should be managed as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems. Resources should be conserved and protected to assure their future availability. Pollution of these resources should be controlled in order to preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of ecosystems and to protect public health.

Land Use

LWVPA supports more comprehensive statewide land use planning and adoption of a comprehensive land use policy; support a comprehensive program for the preservation of agricultural and open space lands for Pennsylvania; promote environmentally sound agricultural practices in Pennsylvania.

Pooling

LWVPA supports the 2006 Pennsylvania Property Rights Protection Act without amendment, the adoption of minimum spacing requirements, and the pooling of properties between corporate entities to maximize efficiencies and reduce risk.