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A Brook with Legal Rights: The Rights of Nature in Court

Our brooks will babble in the courts,/Seeking damages for torts. Over two decades ago, Professor Christopher Stone asked what turned out to be a question of enduring interest: should trees have standing? His question was recently answered in the affirmative by a creek in Pennsylvania, which successfully intervened in a lawsuit between an energy company and a local township to prevent the lifting of a ban against drilling oil and gas wastewater wells.

Mar 24, 2020
Hope M. Babcock