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Pa. appeals court orders hearing on unsealing settlement

By Bob Downing Published: December 11, 2012

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

A state appellate court ordered a Washington County judge to consider hearing arguments to unseal records in a settled court case alleging that a family was harmed by nearby gas drilling.
 
Stephanie and Chris Hallowich sued Range Resources, MarkWest Energy Partners and Williams Gas/Laurel Mountain Midstream Partners claiming that gas drilling operations harmed their health and property value.
 
The parties formalized a settlement in August 2011 during a private meeting in Judge Paul Pozonsky's chambers, after which the case file was sealed.
 
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Washington Observer-Reporter both objected and asked that the record be unsealed. Those requests were rejected in February.
 
The three appeals judges said Pozonsky erred in denying the papers' requests to intervene in the case and therefore argue that case file should be unsealed.
 
Pozonsky is no longer a judge.
 
 
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