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Texas Family Awarded $2.9 Million in Fracking Lawsuit

martinQblank (1138267) writes | about 3 months ago

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martinQblank (1138267) writes "CNN reports: A Texas family whose home was within a 2 mile radius of 22 Natural Gas wells -one of which was less than 800 feet away- has been awarded $2.9 million by a jury. The family who suffered from a variety of ailments (including nosebleeds, rashes, migraines and more) was advised by a doctor to leave their ranch immediately and see a physician specializing in environmental health.

The defendant in the case, Aruba Petroleum, disagreed with the jury's decision as did other attorneys who are familiar with the energy sector — calling in a "knee-jerk" reaction. Additionally the company noted that they had complied with all applicable environmental regulations.

The family itself? Still in favor of oil and natural gas extraction: "We are not anti-fracking or anti-drilling. My goodness, we live in Texas. Keep it in the pipes, and if you have a leak or spill, report it and be respectful to your neighbors. If you are going to put this stuff in close proximity to homes, be respectful and careful.""

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