Bucks County Files Climate Lawsuit Against Oil Companies

Bucks County has become the first county in Pennsylvania to sue several major companies for what it refers to decades of deceptive practices an inaction by the industry that led to the climate change crisis. The County’s suit references recent weather disasters in that area which it couples with the climate change.  The suit looks toward reimbursement for the repair and replacement of the infrastructure impacted by the storms, and other damages and future abatement. Read more on this story here.

Suits such as this have been filed by local government in some other states and has been coordinated by a climate change action group.  Some news outlets have reported that the group is pushing for similar action in Allegheny County. The action by the Bucks County government has once again raised industry interest in passing Energy Choice legislation which would preempt county or municipal ordinances from regulating fuel use within their jurisdictions. Governor Wolf vetoed Energy Choice legislation in his term of office. A similar bill passed the Senate earlier this session (click here to read more) but remains stalled in a State House Committee.