The Summer 2011 “Sylvanian” from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Sierra Club addresses the question “Who Owns the Landscape”. As stated in the Introduction, “Under Pennsylvania law, if you don’t own mineral rights under your property, you can’t keep drillers from coming in and drilling. We are reminded that coal, oil, and gas companies shaped our laws and continue to shape the way they are applied. The immediate problem in Pennsylvania is drilling for Marcellus shale gas. And here is where we learn once again that those of us who think we own the landscape are mistaken.”
Among the articles are those by Citizens Coal Council, Phil Colman (Co-Editor), Common Cause, Joe Hoeffel (Montgomery County Commissioner), Krissy Kasserman (Youghiogheny River Keepers), Cassie McCrea (Center for Coalfield Justice), Cathy Pedlar (Allegheny Defense Project), Joe Sestak (former Congressman), and State Rep. Greg Vitali.