Fracking Complaints: Similar Cases, Different Results

Law360, New York (May 17, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT) -- Two recent decisions apply federal pleading requirements to complaints alleging contamination from hydraulic fracturing, but with very different results.

The development of natural gas wells using hydraulic fracturing technology — fracking — has grown exponentially and increased natural gas reserves to record levels.

Hydraulic fracturing requires the discharge of significant volumes of hydraulic fracturing fluids into a geologic formation under extreme pressure in order to dislodge and discharge “trapped” natural gas. The composition of “fracking fluid” may include chemicals that, depending on the level of exposure,...
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