Gas drilling watchdog group settles lawsuit in Pennsylvania over terror watch list

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A gas drilling watchdog group that says it was characterized in Pennsylvania security bulletins as a potential terror threat has settled its lawsuit against the state.

The settlement terms between Pennsylvania and the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition haven't been released.

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The gas drilling coalition's lawsuit said the bulletins characterized it as a potential threat to infrastructure without evidence. A private contractor produced the reports.

The director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency cleared the coalition of wrongdoing in a letter released by the group's attorney Thursday.

Attorney Paul Rossi says the group is still pursuing litigation against the contractor, the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response.

In 2010, then-Gov. Ed Rendell (ren-DEHL') apologized for the monitoring of peaceful citizens' groups and his homeland security director resigned. That year, an institute co-director defended it at a legislative committee meeting.