Justice asked to step aside from natural gas case
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A newly sworn-in West Virginia Supreme Court justice is being asked to disqualify himself from a lawsuit against natural gas giant Antero Resources Corp. by residents who say its operations are making life unbearable in their community.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports attorneys for several Harrison County residents filed a motion Tuesday, urging Justice Evan Jenkins to not take part in the matter.
Last week, Jenkins was represented by lawyer Ancil Ramey in a lawsuit that unsuccessfully sought to block Jenkins’ appointment to the court. Ramey is representing Antero Resources in the natural gas case set for argument next week.
A court spokeswoman tells the newspaper court rules leave it up to Jenkins on whether he will recuse himself and that he had not yet issued any decision Wednesday morning.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.