Post-Gazette Seeks Settlement Details

On Wednesday, September 7, 2011 0 comments

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has asked a Washington County Common Pleas judge to unseal a recent legal settlement between a Mount Pleasant Township family and various corporations involved in Marcellus Shale gas drilling operations near its home.

Judge Paul Pozonsky scheduled arguments for 11 a.m. Oct. 4 on whether the settlement he sealed Aug. 23 should be open to public review.

In settling the case, plaintiffs Stephanie and Chris Hallowich and defendants -- including Range Resources, the Mark West Energy Partners and Williams Gas/Laurel Mountain Midstream Partners -- agreed to not disclose settlement details.

But Post-Gazette attorney Frederick N. Frank said Post-Gazette reporters had been present for the settlement hearing, so compelling reasons should have been stated to justify sealing the results from public view.

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