Texas jury awards $2.925 million in what some call the first hydraulic fracturing verdict

In what's being touted as the first hydraulic fracturing verdict in the United States, a Dallas jury recently awarded $2.925 million to a family that had sued Plano, Texas-based Aruba Petroleum for "intentionally causing a nuisance" on the family’s property through hydraulic fracturing operations that "impacted [the family’s] health and ruined their drinking water," Reader Supported News reports. The verdict, which followed a two-and-a-half-week trial, confirmed allegations that the company's drilling, hydraulic fracturing and production activities at 21 gas wells near the family's 40-acre property between 2008 and 2011 "intentionally created a private nuisance" that forced the family to flee "for months at a time."  According to the plaintiffs’ attorney’s blog post, the verdict included $2 million for past physical pain and suffering, $400,000 for past mental anguish, $250,000 for future physical pain and suffering, and $275,000 for loss of value to plaintiffs’ property. Aruba Petroleum plans to appeal the verdict, according to the article. For more, read the full story.

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