Hopkins quoted in article on lawsuits and legislation regarding Marcellus Shale gas underway and spreading

Hopkins quoted in article on lawsuits and legislation regarding Marcellus Shale gas underway and spreading
"Marcellus Shale gas leads to widespread litigation, insurance claims," IFAwebnews.com
November 10, 2011

Joel C. Hopkins, a partner in the Insurance Practice Group, was quoted in an article discussing that lawsuits and legislation surrounding natural gas harvesting in the Marcellus Shale region and nationwide is underway and expected to spread, eventually reaching the insurance industry. Nearly 40 civil suits have already been filed in the U.S., alleging personal injury, nuisance and toxic torts involving land, air and water.

Joel said that besides performing "careful" underwriting, insurers can identify insured or applicant properties that may be targets for drilling; determine if leases are signed, and how long on-site operations are expected; encourage owners to assure that the leases include protection provisions; and consider specific exclusionary and coverage endorsements.