West Virginia Law Review

Document Type

Student Article


On February 28, 1977, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania decided the case of Commonwealth v. Barnes & Tucker Co. That decision resolved a lengthy controversy over the issue of responsibility for the abatement of acid mine drainage emanating from an inactive deep coal mine which was owned and once operated by Barnes and Tucker Co. The Supreme Court's decision, requiring the company to bear the responsibility for the treatment of the discharge, is significant. It illustrates not only the strength of Pennsylvania's commitment to a clean environment, but also the ability of the state to act in furtherance of that commitment under the broad authority of its police powers. This comment will examine the development of the Barnes & Tucker Co. controversy, and the rationale employed by the court to resolve it.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.