At PropertyHistory.us.org, we believe that people should have the absolute right to talk about anything that affects their property. PropertyHistory.us.org also believes that children should have the same rights as adults when it comes to free speech. This is why PropertyHistory.us.org has to condemn a recent court order banning two children from ever talking about fracking for the rest of their lives.
Fracking is a way to get oil out of shale and is now common in many states, including Pennsylvania where these children live. The case started a couple years ago when the parents of the children – both of whom are still under 10 years of age – began complaining that the byproduct of fracking near their home was putting their health at risk.
The parents eventually sued the fracking company, which then sued the parents in return. The case was recently decided mostly in the parents’ favor. They were given $750,000 to cover moving expenses and health care costs.
But, the judge also ruled that nobody in the family, including the children, could ever say anything about fracking to anyone for the rest of their lives – or else they would have to return all of the money and could be sued again by the fracking company.
To place a gag order on two children who are not yet legally old enough to enter into a contract is absurd. Particularly since fracking may have damaged their young bodies. And it allows the company to pretend that it’s healthy to live on their property when it is not.
We at PropertyHistory.us.org hope an appeals court will rule the gag order on these innocent children to be beyond the scope of the law.
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