Fracking Gag Orders For Kids Go Too Far

By Sean McLernon (August 20, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT) -- A recently uncovered settlement between a family of Pennsylvania residents and energy companies with hydraulic fracturing operations near their home featured a nondisclosure agreement that included two children, but experts say businesses have little hope of getting gag orders for minors enforced.

The deal, which was struck in 2011 and ordered unsealed last month, prevented anyone in the family from discussing fracking activities "in any fashion whatsoever," binding a 10-year-old boy, a 7-year-old girl and their parents Chris and Stephanie Hallowich to a lifetime of silence in exchange for $750,000 from Range Resources Corp., Williams Partners LP and MarkWest Energy Group...

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