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PA Fracking Lawsuit Cites Contaminated Water

February 23rd, 2016

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 plaintiffs received moral support from local environmental groups, who have been protesting the company’s fracking activities in the Marcellus Shale region.

How Fracking Works

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as “fracking”, involves the high-pressure injection of fluids into underground oil and natural gas deposits. The fluids break up shale formations that surround the energy resources, which gives drillers access to reserves that were previously inaccessible by conventional drilling methods. Fracking methods have come under scrutiny by environmental activists, citing the dangers of contamination of soil and groundwater sources, as well as increased seismic instability tied to the breakup of the shale formations.

Details of the Pennsylvania Fracking Lawsuit

The accusations of contaminated groundwater first surfaced in 2008. More than forty families joined the fracking lawsuit in late 2009. The two families are all that remain from the original fracking lawsuit. The other plaintiffs agreed to a settlement with Cabot in 2012, but the Elys and Huberts continued to pursue legal action against the company. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. As part of the settlement, Cabot officials denied any responsibility for the contamination.

Fracking Lawsuit and Brown Water

The major point of contention in the fracking lawsuit involves the poor water quality in Susquehanna County. Mr. Ely told reporters that the contamination at the core of the fracking lawsuit has forced him to haul water from other sources. His wife said that their 13-year-old son has not had clean water in their house since he was in kindergarten. An anti-fracking protester brought a two-liter bottle of brown water she claimed was taken from they Elys’ own well.

Source: Scranton Times-Tribune

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