[Intel Report] Oil and Gas Industry’s 2017 Suing Spree Could Set Speech-Chilling Precedents

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“This is just a way to shut the people up, and I just don’t think it’s right. We the people have the right to talk.”
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DeSmog Blog: Oil and Gas Industry’s 2017 Suing Spree Could Set Speech-Chilling Precedents

The past year brought some of the most aggressive lawsuits by the oil and gas industry against environmentalists in recent decades. They included legal moves aimed at preventing researchers from discussing their findings, motions painting political movements as for-profit conspiracies, and even a $5 million dollar lawsuit brought against a cancer patient whose tap water, state investigators determined years ago, was contaminated by gas drilling — by the company that is now suing him. CONTINUE READING

Washington Post: Trump administration to expand drilling off U.S. continental waters

The Trump administration unveiled a controversial proposal Thursday to permit drilling in most U.S. continental-shelf waters, including protected areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic, where oil and gas exploration is opposed by governors from New Jersey to Florida, nearly a dozen attorneys general, more than 100 U.S. lawmakers and the Defense Department. CONTINUE READING

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