Two families from Medina County, Ohio, have filed separate lawsuits against Landmark 4 LLC alleging that fracking activities have exposed them to toxins by contaminating their water wells, homes, and land with hazardous gases, and industrial waste and chemicals, the Plain Dealer reports.
Mark and Sandra Mangan, and William and Stephanie Boggs are neighbors in Granger Township. The couple’s claim that Landmark gas wells located approximately 2,500 from their homes, do not have sufficient cement casings. Further, the couples allege the company was negligent in training their staff.
According to the lawsuits, the Mangan’s and Boggs’ “live in constant fear of future physical illness,” and must pay for outside water supplies and water sampling. The couples also claim their property has decreased in value. “These acts and omissions allowed Defendant (Landmark) to save millions of dollars in costs they should have expended to properly contain and control the substances emanating from their facility.”
According to Landmark Managing Partner Geoffrey Gordon-Creed, the company was not engaged in fracking at wells involved in the lawsuits. He also said “the state performed a full investigation into their allegations and found them to baseless.”
According to the Plain Dealer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources found no evidence that nearby natural gas drilling tainted the tap water of the plaintiffs; however a report by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry did linked the plaintiff’s water problems to gas drilling.
The plaintiffs have hired a Cleveland attorney to represent them. The attorney brought in William Dubanevich of the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP, who specializes in water contamination cases.
The lawsuit seeks for Landmark to provide them with “a comprehensive court-established medical monitoring program,” and asks for unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.