Court Order Allows Fracking Company to Ban Local Woman From 40 Percent of County
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Fracking company bans woman from countyÂ
In Oct. 2013, Cabot Oil and Gas obtained an injunction against Vera Scroggins, who hasÂ been bringing the dangers ofÂ fractingÂ to public attention for the last five years through her videosÂ and bus tours of fracking sites in the county where she lives, Susquehanna County, PA.
The injunction prohibited Vera from going, not only on the land Cabot owns, but also onÂ the land where Cabot leases the subsurface mineral rights, comprising 40 percent of the countyâ€™sÂ properties. This means that Vera has been effectively barred from going to her grocery store,Â a number of businesses in town, her local hospital and some of her friends homes.
On March 24, a hearing was held before President Judge Kenneth W. Seamans, who issuedÂ the injunction in October, to consider whether it should be modified or lifted. Cabot proposedÂ adding buffer zones of 150 and 500 feet to further restrict Veraâ€™s movements. A press conferenceÂ was held afterward. Following lunch with her supporters, Vera drove to her friend Craig Stevensâ€™ house for a telephoneÂ press conference. On the way there,Â Environment TVÂ interviewed her.
On March 28, Judge Seamans delivered his ruling.
Restrictions of freedom of movement was covered by the Nuremburg trials in 1946 . The United States Government was a signatory to that act.
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