90 residents and owners of property in the Gary Tap/ Grove Community area in Texas have filed a civil lawsuit against ConocoPhillips Co., alleging that fracking waste contaminated their well water. The lawsuit, filed in Panola County, says the company shot chemical fluids underground, and stored and disposed of fracking fluid near their properties.
Accusations in the lawsuit also include that ConocoPhillips’ trespass caused physical damage to the plaintiff’s property and caused injury to right of possession. Plaintiffs also allege that the company could have used reasonable alternative means of recovering minerals, but that they continued to contaminate the well water through drilling related petroleum byproducts.
The lawsuit alleged negligence and gross negligence and damages that include well water contamination testing, having to purchase water from alternative sources, loss of use of land, loss of market value of their property, emotional harm and mental anguish from deprivation of enjoyment, loss intrinsic value of well water, loss of peace of mind, annoyance, inconvenience, and anxiety about the contaminated water, the News-Journal reported.
The lawsuit seeks monetary relief in excess of $50,000, excluding costs, pre-judgments interests, and attorney’s fees, as well as a permanent injunction against ConocoPhillips Company precluding future drilling and fracking activities near the land of the plaintiffs.