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Gas Drilling Lawsuit Settled in Pennsylvania

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A gas drilling watchdog group has settled its lawsuit against the state of Pennsylvania over the group’s inclusion in a series of state-contracted homeland security intelligence bulletins.

The settlement terms between the state and the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition weren’t released.

The gas drilling coalition’s lawsuit says the bulletins characterized it as a potential threat to infrastructure without any evidence. The reports were produced by a private contractor.

The director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency cleared the coalition of wrongdoing in a letter released by the group’s attorney Thursday.

Attorney Paul Rossi says the group is still pursuing litigation against the contractor, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response.

In 2010, then-Gov. Ed Rendell publicly apologized for the monitoring of peaceful citizens’ groups and his homeland security director resigned.

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