Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Law Firm, Connected to New York Assembly Speaker, Planning Public Forums In West Virginia

The New York Post is reporting that an influential New York personal-injury law firm is planning “public forums” in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to "listen to the concerns of the community, share information and discuss legal options" about natural gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing. The law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, has as one its principals the Speaker of the New York State Assembly, The Hon. Sheldon Silver. The “exclusive” story appeared in the January 17 edition of the daily newspaper. The news article leads off with this statement: “As Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leads the fight to block a type of natural-gas drilling in New York, his private law firm is in other states trying to drum up multimillion-dollar lawsuits against the practice, The Post has found.” The newspaper notes that Speaker Silver has been a major opponent to expanded natural gas drilling in the Empire State. A spokesperson for the Speaker is quoted in the story as saying, “The speaker believes hydrofracking poses a major threat to the safety of New York's drinking water.” Click to read story.