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Thousands of North Dakota landowners have filed fracking lawsuits against the state’s major energy companies. The suits claim that the oil and gas drillers owe them millions of dollars in unpaid royalties and lease payments. The steep drop in oil prices has led many drilling companies to abandon thousands of wells across the state. Many

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PA Families Win $4.24M in Fracking Lawsuit

March 15th, 2016 by James Amaro

Two Pennsylvania families were awarded a collective $4.24 million in their fracking lawsuit against a Houston-based energy company. An eight-person jury awarded the Ely and Hubert families with an historic verdict in their fracking lawsuit against Cabot Oil & Gas. Attorneys for Cabot claimed that defense counsel acted inappropriately and filed a motion with U.S.

Members of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission requested that the state’s oil and natural gas drillers cut back their fracking wastewater disposal operations. The state agency asked producers to reduce their injections of fracking wastewater into underground wells as part of a study on the high number of intense earthquakes in areas with heavy fracking activity.

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Illinois Landowners File Fracking Lawsuit

March 1st, 2016 by James Amaro

A group of Illinois landowners filed a fracking lawsuit against the state’s Department of Natural Resources. The suit seeks to challenge a 2013 law regulating fracking activities in the state. The fracking lawsuit claims that the state did not follow legal procedures in developing the law. The affected landowners also allege that they were not

PA Fracking Lawsuit Cites Contaminated Water

February 23rd, 2016 by James Amaro

Jury selection in a Pennsylvania fracking lawsuit began earlier this week. The suit claims that fracking activities by Cabot Oil & Gas have contaminated the area’s groundwater supplies with methane. The current fracking lawsuit comes from two Susquehanna County families, the Elys and the Huberts, who refused to take part in a 2012 settlement. The

Oklahoma Sierra Club Files Fracking Lawsuit

February 17th, 2016 by James Amaro

The Oklahoma branch of the Sierra Club filed a fracking lawsuit in federal court against three of the state’s leading energy producers. The suit names Devon Energy Corp., Chesapeake Energy Corp. and New Dominion LLC as defendants. The fracking lawsuit alleges that the companies’ practices for disposing of wastewater from their fracking wells has contributed

Researchers conducting a Texas fracking study attempted to determine the origin of some of the hundreds of ingredients used in fracking fluid. The Texas fracking study found that some fracking fluids contained dangerous chemicals, including solvents, alcohols, and petroleum-based hydrocarbons. Scientists also found some “exotic” molecules in the water samples. The study examined how these

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Under the terms of a recent fracking lawsuit settlement, the U.S. Department of the Interior must stop approving all offshore fracking applications in the Santa Barbara Channel. The fracking lawsuit settlement resolves a dispute between the federal government an the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group seeking to limit fracking activities. The suit criticized

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A recent study published in the American Economic Review shows that residential property values located near fracking wells have suffered sharp declines. The study found that the value of Pennsylvania homes located within a kilometer (0.62 miles) of fracking wells fell by nearly 14 percent. Homes within 1.5 km (1 mile) of fracking wells saw

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A study from the Yale School of Public Health recently revealed that fracking wastewater contain numerous toxic substances. The study found that many of the chemicals contained in fracking wastewater can cause health problems ranging from cancer to infertility to birth defects. The research effort is the latest to point out the dangers of fracking

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