Tuesday, July 3, 2012
MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources LLC claims financial damages by not being able to build a natural-gas compression station.
Claiming irreparable financial damage, MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources LLC is suing Cecil Township. The company late last week also petitioned Commonwealth Court for a preliminary injunction to pave the way for the construction of a natural-gas compression station on property off Coleman Road near Route 980. MarkWest’s action came after township officials sent the company a letter, dated June 15, denying a second application by the company to use the property for the facility. An application for a special exception was turned down in 2011, with the township zoning hearing board citing potential impact on neighboring properties and disagreeing with MarkWest’s claim of providing an “essential service.” Washington County Court of …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Eight people who live near a natural-gas drilling and wastewater impoundment site claim health problems as a basis for their action.
Three families who claim to have suffered health problems because of activities related to natural gas-drilling activities in Amwell Township have sued numerous companies and individuals, citing their various roles in the planning, building and operation of a nearby drilling and wastewater impoundment site. Attorneys with Smith Butz LLC, Cecil Township, filed the lawsuit last week in the Civil Division of Washington County Court. The 190-page document seeks monetary compensation, along with remediation of what is designated as the Yeager site, off McAdams Road in Amwell. The suit was filed on behalf of: According to the lawsuit, the eight Amwell residents complain "of injuries from environmental contamination and polluting events caused by…
Saturday, May 26, 2012
The families claim they face serious health problems—including a greater risk of cancer—due to exposure to toxic spills, leaks and air pollutants from a Range Resources Marcellus Shale gas site in Amwell Township.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Opponents of Pennsylvania's Act 13 continue legal challenges, citing erosion of local jurisdiction.
The flurry of legal activity surrounding Pennsylvania’s new drilling law continues. On Wednesday, attorneys representing seven municipalities and other entities opposing state Act 13 filed further motions with Commonwealth Court in attempts to strike down portions of the legislation. At issue is the diminished ability of local government to regulate oil and gas activities. Opponents contend that the law “deprives municipal officials of carrying out their legally binding duty to protect air, water and natural environmental values,” according to a lawsuit filed in March by seven municipalities and other entities. Cecil Township attorney John Smith, who represents the suit’s petitioners, said Wednesday’s actions seek to prevent …