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Pa. judge questions secrecy deal in gas drill case

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013
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At a hearing on the Hallowich matter, a lawyer for the gas companies said that opening the confidential settlement would infringe on rights that entitle people and companies to keep deals private.

The Hallowich settlement contained a gag order, but the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Observer-Reporter, of Washington, sought to have that overturned, saying the details should be open.

The Hallowiches gained national attention after claiming that nearby drilling operations and a gas processing plant made the property that they bought in 2005 worthless and posed health risks.

O'Dell Seneca says she'll issue a ruling after reviewing documents in the case, but she didn't indicate when.