From ProPublica on Wednesday:
Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front
When EQT Corporation, one of the largest producers of natural gas in Pennsylvania, started getting complaints from residents living near one of its fracking sites, the company tried a rare and aggressive tactic: It offered to pay every household $50,000 in cash if they would agree to release the company from any legal liability, for current operations as well as those to be carried out in the future.
ProPublica's Naveena Sadasivam reports that the agreement is incredibly broad, covering health problems and property damage, and giving the company blanket protection from any kind of claim over noise, dust, light, smoke, odors, fumes, vibrations and more.
Key takeaways from her piece:
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