Among the fourteen hundred or so families in the western Pennsylvania town of McMurray a community in Peters Township, Washington County, there is now one family prohibited by gag order, a court ordered agreement, from speaking about fracking.
Free speech advocates, as well as, environmental campaigners are outraged by the ruling from the court.
We’re outraged, too.
The activists say the secrecy has helped the industry resist more stringent environmental and health controls – by concealing evidence of water contamination and health problems associated with natural gas operations. In other words more obfuscation of corporate malfeasance.
Peter Villari, lawyer for the Hallowichs, told the court during the hearing he had never seen a gag order imposed on children in his 30 years of practicing law. He stated his own research has turned up no case law to support placing gag orders on children.
Lead defendant, Range Resources, was one of the initial developers of the Marcellus Shale, an area widely believed to be one of the largest natural gas reserves in the United States. More