Court Settlement Prohibited Children From Talking About Fracking
- New York 08/07/2013 by Andrea Sears (WBAI)

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In 2007, shortly after Chris and Stephanie Hallowich had finished building their home in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, gas wells were drilled and fracked on adjacent land.Soon they and their children, aged 7 and 10, were suffering from burning eyes, soar throats, headaches and earaches. They sued the companies responsible for the wells and in2011 the companies settled for seven-hundred-fifty-thousand dollars.In exchange the Hallowiches were forced to agree to the terms of a nondisclosure agreement that imposed a life time ban on any of them, including their children, from ever talking about fracking at all.WBAI's Andrea Sears spoke with Deborah Goldberg, co-managing attorney for the Northeast Office of EarthJustice.

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