BHP, Chesapeake Doused In Fracking Pollution Suits

Law360, New York (May 26, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT) -- Business partners BHP Billiton Ltd. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. were hit with a series of proposed class actions in Arkansas last week alleging their hydraulic fracturing operations and compression stations are contaminating nearby groundwater, soil, water wells and air.

Three of the complaints, lodged May 17 in federal court, each seek $1 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, along with the establishment of a monitoring fund, attorneys' fees and interest.

They come during a time of mounting concern about hydraulic fracturing, or...
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