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Pennsylvania newspapers in court today over gas secrecy

By Bob Downing Published: January 18, 2013

From Earthwatch:

In the coming week, judges will hear arguments in two separate court cases over gas industry secrecy.
 
In the first case, being heard in Pennsylvania today, Jan. 18, newspapers are fighting for access to information that could shed light on the health impacts of gas development, including the controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
 
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Observer-Reporter are seeking to overturn a court order sealing the record in a case in which a Pennsylvania family sued several gas companies over health impacts related to air and water pollution from nearby natural gas development operations.
 
The oil and gas companies are fighting to keep the records out of the public eye.
 
The public interest environmental law organization Earthjustice plans to present arguments Friday in the case on behalf of a group of doctors, scientists, and researchers and advocates, who seek to appear as friends of the court.
 
The other case will be heard Jan. 22 in a Wyoming case.
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