How a Judge Scrapped Pennsylvania Families’ $4.24M Water Pollution Verdict in Gas Drilling Lawsuit

https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/04/11/dimock-pennsylvania-families-cabot-fracking-drilling-judge-scraps-water-pollution-verdict

By Sharon Kelly and Steve Horn For many residents of Carter Road in Dimock, Pennsylvania, it’s been nearly a decade since their lives were turned upside down by the arrival of Cabot Oil and Gas, a company whose Marcellus Shale hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) wells were plagued by a series of spills and other problems linked to the area’s contamination of drinking water supplies. With a new federal court ruling handed down late last Friday, a judge unwound a unanimous eight-person jury which had ordered Cabot to pay a total of $4.24 million over the contamination of two of those families’ drinking water wells. In a 58 page ruling, Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson discarded the jury’s verdict in Ely v. Cabot and ordered a new trial, extending the legal battle over one of the highest-profile and longest-running fracking-related water contamination cases in the country. Click here for reuse options! Tags: DimockpennsylvaniaNatural Gas NowTom Shepstonefrackinghydraulic fracturingshale gasScott ElyJulie SautnerCraig Sautnershale oilCabot Oil and GasEnergy In DepthCabotMarcellus shaleFrackNationPhelim McAleer

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