Two young children are forbidden from speaking about Marcellus shale or fracking for the rest of their lives, according to NPR's StateImpact Pennsylvania.
The court action stems from a settlement in a high-profile Marcellus shale lawsuit in western Pennsylvania.
The two children were 7 and 10 years old at the time the Hallowich family settled a nuisance case against driller Range Resources in August 2011.
The parents, Chris and Stephanie, had been outspoken critics of fracking, saying the family became sick from the gas drilling activity surrounding their Washington County home.
According to court testimony released Wednesday, the parents were desperate to move and reluctantly agreed to a gag order that not only prevents them from speaking of Marcellus shale and fracking, but also extends to their children.
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