Starkey Citizens for a Clean & Healthy Environment
Chesapeake to Pay $1.6 Million for Contaminating Water Wells in Bradford County

Chesapeake Energy has agreed to pay $1.6 million in damages to three families in Wyalusing, Bradford County. The case may be the first Marcellus contamination lawsuit to get resolved without a nondisclosure agreement, meaning the parties can speak freely about the case. Todd O’Malley, an attorney for two of the families, says the plaintiffs insisted on not signing a confidentiality agreement.

“They wanted the public to know what the settlement was about,” says O’Malley.

O’Malley says the majority of gas drilling related cases get settled without any public disclosure, including the causes of the contamination, or the health impacts.

“I think the nondisclosure form is probably the worst form,” says O’Malley. “It’s referred to as ‘toxic secrets.’ The public deserves to know.”

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