Monday, March 23, 2020

New Developments in Latest Dimock Court Battle

Throughout the run of The Daily Digger blog, we have offered occasional updates on the latest developments from Dimock, Pennsylvania.  Dimock in may ways has served as the epicenter of the fight between the oil and gas industry and activists who insist that fracking inherently contaminates water supplies.

One episode of the ongoing Dimock saga involves a man named Ray Kemble, who for a time was something of a folk hero in anti-fracking circles (and correspondingly found himself the victim of ad hominem attacks by supporters of the industry).  More and more, it has become clear that Mr. Kemble has been victimized by opportunists looking to use him to draw attention to themselves and profit financially, including attorneys and some of his fellow Pennsylvania landowners.

Now here is a report on some of the latest developments in this story, from shaledirectories.com:
Attorneys who once represented the Dimock Twp. man sued by gas giant Cabot Oil & Gas must now pay the bills the gas company ran up in repeatedly trying to get those attorneys’ financial records Susquehanna County’s top judge said last week.

In another development, since those same attorneys still had not turned over the requested records last week, Cabot withdrew from settlement discussions with them, saying they only agreed to the discussions under the conditions that the defendants continued to exchange pre-trial documents and negotiate in good faith.

“Because the Defendants refused to negotiate in good faith, Cabot withdrew from the conference in early March,” Cabot spokesman George Stark said in a prepared release this week.

The defendants include Kansas City, Missouri, attorney Charles E Speer and members of the Kingston, Luzerne County, law firm of Fellerman & Ciarimboli. The lawyers once represented anti-fracking activist Raymond Kemble of Dimock.
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