2 Men Indicted by Feds for Vandalizing Chevron Wells in SWPA

handcuffsA Green County man–Heath A. Rankin, 33, of Carmichaels, PA–was indicted earlier this week by a federal grand jury on a felony charge of damaging a shale well (or wells) on the Burchianti Pad in Greene County in March 2014. The pad is owned by Chevron, which is, according to one news source, planning to seek restitution for damages exceeding $5,000 allegedly caused by Mr. Rankin. Another man, Brian Harbarger, 34, of Cumberland, PA–was indicted for the same thing in December 2014. It’s too early to jump to any conclusions. Are they environmentalists that tipped over the line? Are they former/disgruntled employees? Drunk and out for a joy ride? We simply don’t know. Here’s what we do know…

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