Fracking/Gagging the Kids

by
Abby Zimet

How far will the fracking industry go to defend their recurring, straight-faced claim that fracking is safe? This far: When they settled a Marcellus Shale case with Chris and Stephanie Hallowich, a Pennsylvania couple who saw their home, water and children's health ruined, the family had to agree to a lifetime gag order - not just the parents, but the kids, ages 7 and 10, who were bound not to use "illegal words." Like, maybe, profit-seeking scumbags? In such a way does the industry maintain the cycle of silence and denial about the destruction wrought by fracking: Congressional testimony continues to show there are no health hazards posed by fracking, because there are no documented cases, because everyone whose health was damaged has been gagged. At least till now. With some PR blowback from the recently released transcript of the settlement, the Range Resources Corporation is now saying their agreement may not apply to the kids, dubbed junior insurgents by some. But the couple's lawyer says - gasp - he doesn't trust them.

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Won't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: