Texas judge denies new trial in $2.9 million fracking verdict

Texas State Court Judge Mark Greenberg recently denied a request for a new trial by the company hit with a $2.9 million jury verdict for damages allegedly caused by its hydraulic fracturing operations, according to Mealey’s Fracking Report. Aruba Petroleum Inc. had sought a new trial after a jury awarded the damages to landowners Lisa and Robert Parr on April 22, 2014. In Parr v. Aruba Petroleum, Inc., No. 11-1650, Texas Law No. 5, Dallas Co., the couple claimed that Aruba’s drilling for oil and natural gas exposed them and their land to benzene, toluene and other chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Mealey’s says Greenberg gave no reasoning for his decision to deny a new trial. A CNN story about the jury award can be found here.

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