Exhibit B has been restored to the court record. According to reporting by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the young Hallowich children where intentionally included in the order that gagged them for life. This is in direct contrast to what Range Resources general counsel, David Poole said.
Two years after settlement, Marcellus Shale files in Washington County case full and public
Washington County gas well accord to be restored to court record
By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
August 12, 2013 12:46 pm
After the release of the transcript, Range denied that it ever intended for the gag order to apply to the children.
Peter Villari, the Philadelphia attorney who represented the Hallowiches, said the company is trying to save face and that during the settlement negotiations, “the gag order was discussed and argued, and in the end they insisted on a blanket gag order or there would be no settlement.”
The first paragraph of the agreement restored to the court record today seems to support Mr. Villari. It defines the parties to the settlement.
Range, MarkWest and Williams Gas/Laurel Mountain are collectively referred to as the “operators.” The document refers collectively to “Stephanie and Chris Hallowich and their children” as “the Hallowiches” throughout the agreement.
There is no indication in the settlement that the Hallowich children are excluded from the lifetime stipulation that the Hallowiches not talk publicly about the agreement or Marcellus Shale development.
Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella could not be reached for comment. Earlier this month, the company said it never intended to include the children in the non-disclosure agreement.
But Mr. Pitzarella reiterated today that Range Resources never intended to include the children in thenon-disclosure agreement.
UPDATE: I want to remind you of the somewhat threatening letter from David Poole who is the Range general counsel. In his letter he admits that–regarding the Hallowich non-disclosure agreement–the buck stops with him. He admits full responsibility for “negotiating and approving the terms.” Then he goes on in the letter to say that he was “not aware that there was even a discussion of the applicability of the non-disparagement language in the settlement agreement to the Hallowich children…”
Given what you see in Exhibit B and what was reported buy the PPG, how can both of those statements be true?
UPDATE: Please remember, the Hallowich children are still gagged for life. Nothing has changed there.