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Keystone Bituminous Coal Association vs. DeBenedictis Penn Environmental Resources

Keystone Bituminous Coal Association vs. DeBenedictis Penn Environmental Resources

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Econ 404 5/11/2009 rmf34 Keystone Bituminous Coal Association vs. DeBenedictis Penn Environmental Resources Judge(s): Justices Rehnquist, O’Conner, Powell, Scalia Court: US Supreme Court (Location, Date): March 1987 Plaintiff: Keystone Bituminous Coal Association Case Summary: PA govt. says that 50% of coal must be left under structures to make sure that they don’t collapse for land that’s being mined under. This is the case even if the coal company purchased the right to the land. This is because it is for the greater public good, it doesn’t effect the coal companies immensely, because they’re only losing about 2% of their total coal.
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Unformatted text preview: They must remain liable for damages that they cause to property. This is the case because it maintains the most order and again limits the number of cases that will come up. This is best for the public. It also makes coal mining companies much more careful as they know if something collapses, they’re in trouble. Defense: Nicholas DeBenedictis, Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, et al. Verdict: 50% of the coal must be left, the coal mining companies must be liable for and damage that occurs. This is a greater public good question. Law and Economics Notes:...
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