Vendors Can Intervene To Shield IP In Pa. Shell Permit Row

By Matt Fair (March 14, 2017, 4:52 PM EDT) -- A Pennsylvania judge has set legal precedent after ruling that an interest in protecting confidential business information allowed a group of vendors to intervene in a dispute over air permits issued for a $2 billion ethane gas complex under development by a Royal Dutch Shell PLC unit.

Chief Judge Thomas Renwand of the state's Environmental Hearing Board found on Friday that the four petitioners, despite having confidentiality agreements in place with Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC not to disclose their intellectual property, had unique interests that the petrochemical giant could not adequately represent in the permit dispute.

"Given that Shell Chemical has entered...

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