Court Rules Against Fracking Activist
MONTROSE — A judge in Susquehanna County ruled on Friday that the injunction barring an environmental activist stands.
That means Vera Scroggins is prohibited from coming within 100 feet of Cabot Oil and Gas wells, construction sites, or access roads.
Cabot claims Scroggins frequently trespasses on or near gas wells and drilling sites, disrupts work, and is a potential danger to herself and workers at the site.
Scroggins’ lawyers said that the injunction banned her from 40 percent of the county, including some grocery stores and medical facilities.
Cabot’s lawyers said that was not the intent of the injunction, and revised the language so that the ban applies only to well-sites and access roads.
A hearing on the injunction against Scroggins was held earlier this week.
Scroggins, who is one of the leaders in the movement against “fracking,” the term for the method used to extract natural gas, says she was exercising her constitution rights, and says Cabot’s efforts to bar her from properties are just attempts to silence her.
Cabot has asked the court to make this preliminary injunction permanent. No date for that hearing has been set.