When I was on the stand last Thursday, the Range attorney thundered indignantly at me repeating something I said on my blog about shining a bright light on the industry’s secrets. Well, yeah. That’s not unusual for those
to who report on news. Just Google “reporters shine a bright light…”
Here is some light shining and I didn’t do it.
Silencing Communities: How the Fracking Industry Keeps Its Secrets
Many homeowners unknowingly sign nondisclosure agreements that prevent researchers from gathering data on the health and environmental impacts of fracking
I attended a community meeting last week where the landman had given the residents a lease warning them to sign and return it immediately or they would lose out. According to an attorney who lived in the neighborhood, language in the lease required the landowners to waive their rights to any litigation over contamination or damage. Wonder why they would need such language since they claim fracking has never contaminated groundwater and there just aren’t any emissions and any problems are just overblown.
And here is a request for some light shining and the reasoning behind the request.
People’s interest: Open the court record on the Marcellus Shale case
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Tim Ruggiero says
I have to admit, I’m a little bothered by the Post Gazette article- in the simple fact that they seem to be pretending they don’t really know the true reasons why these records are sealed. It’s just not that difficult to figure out, without having to attempt to get the Hallowich’s to talk or extract information from Range Resources. I’m not sure what the angle Range is playing about the line supposedly protecting the interests of the ‘children’, but this is the reality: Range Resources and Mark West fracked up the Hallowich’s property and they know it. They stalled in the courts for as long as they could, even getting some nut job to post a Power Point presentation online ‘debunking’ Stephanie Hallowich, and of course, prompting their goons over at Energy In Depth to post negative comments about the her. Range knew they couldn’t do that kind of damage and expect to get away with it. How much was Range’s fault, and how much was Mark West’s fault is irrelevant. Range Resources settled with the Hallowich’s, essentially buying their property and paying their attorney fees and expenses. Seriously, does anyone believe for one moment that the Hallowich’s just dropped their lawsuit and walked away from their house? If that were true, then shouldn’t we see a ‘Foreclosure’ or ‘Bank Owned’ sign in the front yard. Does anyone live in the house, now? A simple check of the county tax records should bear this out, don’t you think?
So mob boss Matt is going after you as he eliminated Armendariz’s job at Region 6? It’s a shame that mob bosses like Matt use these tactics against both citizens and government officials. Keep doing what you’re doing and soon enough karma will come back to bite Matty in the ass much like his little friend Aubrey. Who knows, perhaps it’s Rick who has a problem with you and is using his boy, Matt as his hammer.
Lying, greedy little weasels.
Keep talking girlfriend!
I’m not quite sure what legal grounds they have against you, Sharon. It’s their burden of proof to prove that anything posted is ‘untrue’. That will be very difficult for them as the ‘truth is on your side’. You can say anything you want, they need to prove that it’s false. Kind of puts the onus back on them, now doesn’t it. A little of their own medicine ‘prove it’. Now, if they have a judge that is making the decision, that could be a problem if he has the initial R after his name. You have the right to be tried by your peers, hope you have a jury. How anyone could sit through RR’s obvious insidious behavior is beyond me. Where’s Larry Flint when you need him!!!??? Larry, you out there? You’ve never been afraid to take on the big self righteous types.