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Lawsuit Filed Against Natural Gas Drillers Over Earthquakes

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A class action lawsuit has been filed in Faulkner County Circuit Court Arkansas, against BHP Billiton Petroleum, Chesapeake Operating Inc., and Clarita Operating, LLC., alleging injection wells used in hydraulic fracturing are causing earthquakes.

In March of this year, Chesapeake Energy and Clarita Operating had agreed to cease injection operations per a request by the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission after studies showed the potential of a connection between injection activities and the number and strength of earthquakes in the area.  Though Chesapeake Energy has stated they don’t feel there is a connection between activities at the injection wells and seismic activity, and researchers feel it is still too early to say for sure, geohazards supervisor for the Arkansas Geological Survey says that “It’s definitely worth noting,” that “We have definitely noticed a reduction in the number of earthquakes, especially the larger ones,” once the two injection wells ceased operations.

The class action lawsuit was filed by Sam Lane, head of “Stop Arkansas Fracking”, a group researching the relationship of fracking and earthquakes, and seeks property damage, loss of real estate fair market value, emotional distress, and damages regarding the purchase of earthquake insurance.
 disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Filed Against Natural Gas Drillers Over Earthquakes was posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 7:11 pm at and is filed under Other Lawsuits.

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