Judge Rules Against P.A. Fractivist

Published 03/28 2014 04:44PM

Updated 03/28 2014 05:16PM

A judge has ruled that one of the better known fractivists in Pennsylvania still can't go on gas well pad sites and access roads run by Cabot.

Vera Scroggins had given tours of gas sites and had worked to document operations on them in the past. However, last October Scroggins was court ordered not to set foot on Cabot-owned land or any property that it leases, including certain homes and businesses.

Scroggins and her three attorneys, including one from the American Civil Liberties Union, had sought to throw out the restrictions against her. However, a Susquehanna County Court Judge has ruled that Scroggins had trespassed on Cabot land and that she is not allowed within 100 feet of well pad sites or on access roads.

Cabot spokesman George Stark says his company is satisfied by the judge's decision. Cabot says Scroggins had put herself and others at risk by trespassing, which also violated its safety first policy.

Scroggins says the previous more expansive restrictions limited her ability to even go shopping at times.

"It took me hours to try to find what properties are leased. I was particularly interested in the businesses because that's what I frequent in this town for the past 23 years," said Scroggins.

Scroggins says any buffer is a restriction and shouldn't be in place against her. Scroggins also says when she did go on well pads that she would check-in with the on-site supervisor.

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