Lone Pine Orders Are Still Useful In Fracking Litigation

Law360, New York (August 7, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT) -- Plaintiffs have brought a number of gas and oil fracking-related groundwater contamination cases across the nation, and it is a safe assumption that more will follow, given the press and regulatory attention focused on this sector. The suits contend that hydraulic fracking operations caused methane and the chemicals used in drilling operations to move into the groundwater and contaminate water supply wells. A point of contention in these cases is whether plaintiffs can demonstrate a causal link between groundwater contamination and horizontal fracking operations.

Several recent scientific...
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