USFS Wants Lawsuit Dismissed

The U.S. Forest Service wants to have a lawsuit filed by oil and gas interests and the Warren County Commissioners dismissed.

The suit, filed June 1 by Minard Run Oil Company, the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association, the Allegheny Forest Alliance and the commissioners challenges a settlement in a previous suit brought against the Forest Service by a group of environmental protection groups.

In that suit, the Forest Service agreed to certain demands, including a requirement that the Forest Service mandate oil and gas producers to comply with National Environmental Protection Act analysis before any notice to proceed for drilling operations can be issued.

The new forest service suit says the suit filed by the oil and gas interests only alleges "hypothetical" damages and that no damages have been actually incurred by the industry as a result of the settlement

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