WV Supreme Court Justice Asked to Step Aside from Natural Gas Case

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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.

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 says court rules leave it up to Jenkins on whether he will recuse himself and that he had not yet issued any decision Wednesday morning.