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Lawsuit, litigants unsettled

The U.S. Forest Service is ready to settle a lawsuit filed by three environmental groups, but two other groups that signed on as intervenor defendants aren’t going along with the agreement.

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association (POGAM) and Allegheny Forest Alliance (AFA), were granted status as intervenor defendants. According to legal definition, intervenors are groups that choose to join ongoing lawsuits. The facts and the law issues must apply to the intervenor as much as to one of the existing contestants.

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