Settlement made public in Pa. gas drilling lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — The full legal settlement in a dispute over natural gas drilling has been made public after two years.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Monday that the settlement between Stephanie and Chris Hallowich and Range Resources, MarkWest Energy and Williams Gas/Laurel Mountain Midstream is now available.

The family had claimed drilling and other activity on a neighboring property had made their home about 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, virtually unsellable. The Post-Gazette and the Washington Observer-Reporter challenged a previous court ruling that sealed the settlement.

The Hallowichs received $594,820 and their lawyers got about $150,000, but the agreement prohibited the family and their young children from ever criticizing gas drilling operations.

After the documents were made public Range said it never intended for the gag order to apply to the children.

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