Friday, August 2, 2013

Pittsburgh-area shale settlement 'gag' questioned

  The non-disclosure agreement prohibiting Chris and Stephanie Hallowich from talking about the 2011 settlement of their high-profile Marcellus Shale damage case in Washington County, or saying anything about gas drilling and fracking, isn't unusual. It happens often in settling such cases.
But the insistence that their two minor children, then ages 7 and 10, are also bound by the "gag order" is.....
  The Hallowichs, who had been longtime critics of shale gas drilling, claimed that Marcellus Shale gas development -- including four wells, gas compressor stations and a 3-acre water impoundment -- adjacent to their 10-acre farm in Mount Pleasant, Washington County, damaged their property value and their health, including that of their 7-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son. They said air and water contaminants caused them to experience burning eyes, sore throats, headaches and earaches, and contaminated their water supply....

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