Southwestern Energy faces fracking lawsuit

Southwestern Energy faces fracking lawsuit CBC News, May 24, 2011
A U.S. company that is seeking to drill for natural gas in New Brunswick is facing a class-action lawsuit in Arkansas over its use of the controversial hydro-fracking procedure. Southwestern Energy has committed to invest $49 million into the province as a part of a three-year licence to search for oil and gas. But in the United States it is already facing a claim for damages from about a dozen families in Pennsylvania. Now, another law firm has launched a class-action suit in Arkansas. Tim Holton, the lead lawyer on the case, said hundreds of people could be included in the latest lawsuit. Holton said the case started when one family’s water well was turned into a gas well allegedly because of nearby fracking.

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