Mon., 4:49pm: Trespassing fracking activist wants ban lifted

A high-profile anti-fracking activist who often gives tours of natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region has asked a judge for relief from an order barring her from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by one of the state’s leading natural gas drillers.

Vera Scroggins says the injunction has effectively prevented her from traveling to her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants, businesses and friends’ homes because all of them have leased land to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

Her attorneys asked Susquehanna County Judge Kenneth Seamans on Monday to lift or modify his order. A ruling could come this week.

A company spokesman says Cabot is only interested in preventing Scroggins from trespassing on its active drilling sites.