Gas Driller Liable For Pa. Coal Deposit Damages, Judge Says

Law360, Philadelphia (March 6, 2014, 5:23 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday ordered a J-W Energy Co. unit to pay for damages it allegedly caused in 2010 when it drilled through the site of a proposed Allegheny Enterprises Inc. coal mine in an attempt to access a deep deposit of natural gas it had purchased the rights to.

Treading into an area of state law over which he said there was little constructive guidance, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann concluded that sound public policy was served by forcing J-W to pay for...
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