Landowner Can Sue Shell Over Fracking Hazards

Landowner Can Sue Shell Over Fracking Hazards by Reuben Kramer, May 3, 2012, Courthouse News Service
Shell Energy cannot dismiss claims that the controversial fracking technique to extract natural gas is an “ultra hazardous activity,” a federal judge ruled. The claim stems from a lawsuit Edward Kamuck filed against Shell Energy Holdings GP in August 2011. Kamuck says the energy giant’s fracking operation on land neighboring his 93-acre tract in rural Pennsylvania constitutes “an abnormally dangerous and ultra hazardous activity,” and that Shell should be subjected to strict liability for “the contamination and pollution caused by … releases, spills, sprays, emissions, discharges and flowback of hazardous chemicals and combustible gases.” Calling himself a “totally disabled” Vietnam war veteran, Kamuck says Shell’s operation contaminated his land and water supply.

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