Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Oklahoma S. Ct. will allow private suits for earthquake damage linked to fracking

Here's the lede from Richard Oppel Jr.'s story in the New York Times:
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that homeowners who have sustained injuries or property damage from rampant earthquakes they say are caused by oil and gas operations can sue for damages in state trial courts, rejecting efforts by the industry to block such lawsuits from being decided by juries and judges. 
The case has been closely watched both by the energy industry and by fracking opponents across the United States, and the 7-to-0 ruling opens the door for homeowners in a state racked by earthquakes to pursue oil and gas companies for temblor-related damage.
See more coverage of similar issues here and here.  

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