I see a bright light shining. It’s getting brighter every day.
Hearing granted to unseal drilling settlement
By Linda Metz
published dec 19, 2012
On Wednesday, attorneys for the newspapers asked President Judge Debbie O’Dell Seneca to grant an expedited half-day hearing to on their arguments in favor of unsealing the legal settlement between Stephanie and Chris Hallowich and Range Resources, MarkWest Energy Partners and Williams Gas/Laurel Mountain Midstream.
Before setting a hearing date for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 18, the judge briefly questioned the attorneys on the reasoning behind Pozonsky’s sealing of the settlement when neither the Hallowiches nor the drilling companies had requested it be sealed in its entirety. Instead, attorneys only sought to seal the portion involving Hallowiches’ two minor children.
“My understanding is that everything should be open,” she said. “I don’t understand what happened here.”
If you have no dirty secrets to hide, you do not need a non disclosure agreement and you do not fear the light. Let the light shine.
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Tim Ruggiero says
The unsealing of these records will no doubt cause a ripple effect throughout Industry and the dirty law firms that are the keepers of these secrets. I’m sure this case is giving David Poole heartburn. I can only wonder what will happen as a result; will Industry be forced to clean up it’s act, knowing that any settlement can and likely will be open for the mere asking? Or will they simply re-write the settlement documentation language to prevent any disclosure at all?
This is far from a done deal.
Mark Ruffalo to PG: Gas industry hiding behind non-disclosure deals