Newspapers’ effort to open shale lawsuit supported by others

Newspapers’ effort to open shale lawsuit supported by others by Don Hopey, May 1, 2012, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“The sealed court records in this case are part of a widespread pattern of industry secrecy,” Mr. Gerhart said. “In the face of a nationwide gas drilling boom and the troubling reports of related health impacts, we cannot afford to let this pattern continue.” The 39-page brief contains references to 27 other court cases in seven states involving confidential settlements or limited disclosure or nondisclosure of court proceedings alleging health or environmental problems caused by unconventional shale gas development involving hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

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