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Court Lifts Settlement Secrecy in Pennsylvania Fracking Case

The unsealed documents revealed that the potential plaintiffs had received $750,000 from frackers Range Resources, which has been accused of high-handed tactics. The case is important in several respects — even beyond the broader controversy over sealing of civil settlements.

Pa. Judge Orders Marcellus Shale Fracking Settlement Records Unsealed

"A Washington County judge [Wednesday] morning ordered unsealed a court-approved settlement between Marcellus Shale development companies and a family that claimed the drilling operations damaged their health."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 03/22/2013

"New Center To Set Stringent Standards for Fracking in East"

"WASHINGTON — A coalition of energy companies, environmentalists and Pennsylvania-based philanthropies announced Wednesday the creation of a center that would provide more stringent standards for fracking and natural gas development in the Eastern United States."

Source: McClatchy-Tribune, 03/21/2013

"Fracking's 'Revolving Door' Draws a Warning"

"Many of Pennsylvania's policymakers, regulators and enforcement workers have come from the oil and gas industry they oversee, or they leave state jobs for industry jobs, according to a recent report that questions the impacts of such a "revolving door" on public policy decisions."

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 03/11/2013

"High Court Throws Out $1B Fraud Verdict in Exxon Leak Case"

"Maryland's highest court on Tuesday struck down the bulk of a fraud case against ExxonMobil Corp. stemming from an underground gasoline leak in Baltimore County, reversing most of $1.65 billion in judgments and dealing a stunning blow to hundreds of families."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 02/27/2013

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