I’ve been fighting fracking for years — and I’ve seen how fracking companies use shady tactics to silence critics.
But Cabot Oil & Gas — the corporation known for fracking Pennsylvania communities and destroying peoples’ homes, water and health — has sunk to a new low.
Cabot is trying to silence its critics by targeting Ray Kemble — a resident of Dimock, PA who just survived his fourth cancer surgery — with a $5 million lawsuit for speaking out about Cabot and fracking. We need to make sure Ray has the financial support to stand up to Cabot in court — can you donate right now to help cover his legal fees?
Here are the details:
- Back in 2012, Cabot settled a number of lawsuits brought by Dimock homeowners — including Ray — who claimed that the company had poisoned their groundwater, decreased their property values and threatened their health and safety.
- Since then, Ray has fought alongside Food & Water Watch to demand an all-out ban on fracking — in Pennsylvania and everywhere.
- Now Cabot's lawyers are claiming that Ray violated a nondisclosure agreement he signed as a part of the settlement, because he has exercised his First Amendment right to warn others of the risks of fracking and encourage an end to this inherently harmful practice.
Ray's effective education efforts are a threat to Cabot, which is why they’ve taken aim at Ray and fired off a lawsuit that seeks to strip him of all he has left in the world, and then some.Donate right now to support Ray as he stands up to Cabot’s bullying in court.
Cabot is not just targeting Ray. A spokesperson from the company made clear that they plan to use this lawsuit to target and harass Food & Water Watch.
This lawsuit is nothing more than a scare tactic — Cabot is going after Ray to scare all of us who speak out against fracking, in hopes that we’ll stop fighting to protect people, water and our planet.
Please make a donation to support Ray and Food & Water Watch in this wrongful attack.
Food & Water Watch is committed to supporting Ray as he takes on Cabot in this lawsuit, helping ensure that he has a lawyer to defend himself against Cabot’s harassment. We will stand with him no matter what Cabot throws his way. We will not be scared or silenced by Cabot's bullying.
This is likely going to be a long battle — companies like Cabot have plenty of money to sink into drawn-out court cases. You can support Ray and Food & Water Watch as we stand by him in this fight. Donate today.