Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Court Orders Fracking Contamination Case Records Unsealed

[From StateImpact PA - March 21, 2013] Range Resources, MarkWest Energy and Williams Gas agreed to settle a high profile contamination case in Washington County for $750,000, according to recently unsealed court records.  An order to unseal the records was entered Wednesday in Washington County Court of Common Pleas by President Judge Debbie O’Dell-Seneca. Judge O’Dell-Seneca reversed an earlier decision to permanently keep the more than 900 pages of court records secret. In the order she stated that the drilling company’s claims of privacy rights had no merit.

Here at SkyTruth, we believe that data and information about environmental issues should be open and available to the public, especially documentation about events that are affecting or may affect personal health and wellbeing. We have worked to improve fracking chemical disclosure from a database that was not effectively transparent, all so that citizens and public officials can make informed decisions about risks and benefits. We hope that information like this will be useful in making good decisions about natural resource development, whatever those may be.

NOTE: Location approximated based on street address listed in court documents.


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