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Gas Company Bans 7-Year-Old and 10-Year-Old From Discussing Fracking For The Rest of Their Lives

Posted by on Aug. 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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Gas Company Bans 7-Year-Old and 10-Year-Old From Discussing Fracking For The Rest of Their Lives

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As part of their family's settlement with gas driller Range Resources Corporation, two children, ages 7 and 10, in Mount Pleasant, Pa., are legally forbidden from speaking about fracking for the rest of their lives.

The gag order is part of a $750,000 settlement the Hallowich family agreed to, after they became severely ill from water and air contaminated by shale-gas hydrolaulic fracturing or "fracking" at nearby site. Parents Chris and Stephanie Hallowich claimed their family was suffering from headaches, earaches, burning eyes and sore throats after their water and air was contaminated.

In August 2011, they reached an agreement with Range Resources, but the settlement not only gagged the adults in the household, but also their two children. The Hallowich attorney, Peter Villari, called the gag on minor children is an unprecedented extension for a nondisclosure agreement. It raises the question of whether the kids will suffer long term affects from the water and air pollution as they grow up.

Part of the agreement stated that the family’s health was not affected by the drilling operations. Villari said if the Hallowich family did not agree to that, the settlement would never have gone forward.

A spokesperson for Range Resources said, “clearly the Hallowichs were not in an ideal situation in terms of their lifestyle. They had an unusual amount of activity around them. We didn’t want them in that situation.”

While the spokesperson said the settlement shouldn’t apply to the Hallowich children, the hearing transcript says the order not only applies to the minors in the family, but the company “would certainly enforce it.”

Range Resources in an independent oil and gas firm headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. The company’s net income 67.5 million.

Sources: MSN Now, Grist

by on Aug. 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 4, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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 If children can't give legal consent, how can this gag them for the rest of their lives?

tscritch
by Silver Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

What if one of them grows up and works for the company? That would make his/her job really hard if they can't talk about it!! 

Like Della said, how can a gag order apply to a minor that can't give consent?

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM
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 How can you issue a lifetime gag order on children too young to comprehend it to begin with?

I don't see how this could ever hold up in court.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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Quoting IhartU:

a $750,000 settlement

Part of the agreement stated that the family’s health was not affected by the drilling operations

*laughs*

Can anyone imagine a company giving a family $750,000 because the company's activities had NOT affected the family?


StarburstKisses
by Bronze Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM
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They only got 750,000 for a whole family getting sick from contaminated air and water?.......Then the parents took that and a "gag order" placed on their kids?..........did i read that right?

elkmomma
by Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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There's more to this story.  Where's Erin Brokovitch? (sp?)

Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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Telling, isn't it.
Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting IhartU:

a $750,000 settlement

Part of the agreement stated that the family’s health was not affected by the drilling operations

*laughs*

Can anyone imagine a company giving a family $750,000 because the company's activities had NOT affected the family?


PinkButterfly66
by Silver Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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Yup, they sure had a lousy lawyer, didn't they?  Where is Erin when you need her.  They should have contacted her.  She's working on this issue now. 

Quoting StarburstKisses:

They only got 750,000 for a whole family getting sick from contaminated air and water?.......Then the parents took that and a "gag order" placed on their kids?..........did i read that right?


Raintree
by Ruby Member on Aug. 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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Home of the corporation, land of the corporation.
Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Aug. 4, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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Watch Gasland & Gasland II

I live in Texas...
Fracking is KILLING people.
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