Criminal charges in gas drilling case spur debate - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Criminal charges in gas drilling case spur debate

Posted: Updated:

PITTSBURGH (AP) - When Pennsylvania's attorney general filed criminal charges against a gas drilling company last week, some business groups cried foul and suggested it was an abuse of legal power, since XTO Energy had previously settled the same 2010 case with federal authorities by paying fines.

Now, legal and environmental experts say it's clear Pennsylvania made a broader statement by filing criminal charges, and XTO is also making a statement by fighting them.

George Jugovic, an environmental lawyer with the group Penn Future, says it's hard to judge whether criminal charges are warranted without more information.

Kathryn Klaber, CEO of the industry Marcellus Shale Coalition, says the criminal charges set a bad precedent that may impact the whole industry

The shale formation also extends under Ohio, West Virginia and New York.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

    Police: Couple used dog to lure 2 Amish girls

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:04 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:04:19 GMT
    A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting and sexually abusing two young Amish sisters is due in court for a preliminary hearing.More >>
    A northern New York couple used a dog to lure two Amish sisters from their family farm stand with a plan to turn them into slaves, an investigator said Thursday.More >>
  • State won't sell naming rights for Ohio Turnpike

    State won't sell naming rights for Ohio Turnpike

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:30:13 GMT
    Ohio will pursue opportunities to collect revenue through sponsorships along the state turnpike but will not sell naming rights for the 241-mile toll road.More >>
    Ohio will pursue opportunities to collect revenue through sponsorships along the state turnpike but will not sell naming rights for the 241-mile toll road.
    More >>
  • Ohio State president meets with band leaders

    Ohio State president meets with band leaders

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-08-22 01:23:42 GMT
    Courtesy:  NBC NewsCourtesy: NBC News
    Student and staff leaders of the Ohio State marching band have met with the university's president to share concerns over the firing of a popular band directorMore >>
    Student and staff leaders of the Ohio State marching band have met with the university's president to share concerns over the firing of a popular band directorMore >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms