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Pennsylvania Legal Resources: Getting Started

Comprehensive list of Pennsylvania related legal resources available on the web.

Pennsylvania Legal Resources


Where to start

Choose one of the appropriate tabs listed above, or a specific type of resource listed to the left. 

For Pennsylvania legislative information, you will often find what your looking for at:

For Pennsylvania state court information and free opinions on the web, check here:

For Pennsylvania state agency information you can try:

Featured Pennsylvania Legal Resource: Marcellus Shale Info

Marcellus Shale
Information and resources from the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

PA Guide to Hydraulic Fracturing
NPR and Local Public Media

Natural Gas Extraction
EPA information page on hydraulic fracturing

EPA Draft Report
Fracking may cause groundwater contamination

Dept. of Interior Proposed Rule
Would require companies to publicly disclose chemicals used in fracking

Vermont Bans Hydraulic Fracturing
First state to ban fracking -- Burlington Free Press
Text of Vermont H. 464 (PDF)

North Carolina Governor Vetos Hydraulic Fracturing Legislation
Charlotte Observer
Text of North Carolina SB 820 (PDF)

Shale Gas Development Impacts on Surface Water Quality in Pennsylvania
Study on the surface water qality impact of Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction. (Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.)

Comprehensive study guide/bibliography of fracking-related resources
May-June 2013 issue of Internet Guide for the Legal Researcher Newsletter
(E-Mail Brent Johnson for the password)

Resolutions against Fracking
Food and Water

Assessment of Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing
US Environmental Protection Agency

Subject Guide

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Brent Johnson
Widener Law Commonwealth Library
3800 Vartan Way
Harrisburg, PA 17110

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