An article published in August of 2013 explains that some fracking companies use “gag orders” to buy victims silence.
”Energy companies have been issuing gag orders on families who contract with them. The gag orders cover everyone in the family, including children. Drilling company Range Resources offered $750,000 to a Pennsylvania family to move from their home with one catch: the family, and their kids, were not to say a word.” (Source)
Sharon Wilson, Earthworks organizer, says that these payouts are the reason why drilling companies are able to claim to Congress that there are no reported cases of contamination. Similar gag orders have even been placed on doctors to prohibit them from telling their patients about the chemicals used in fracking.