Fracking Earthquake Claims Bank On Uncertain Science

Law360, New York (August 26, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT) -- Landowners living near hydraulic fracturing sites have recently begun to file more lawsuits linking the drilling process to major seismic activity, taking a long-shot attempt at holding energy companies responsible for cracks in their homes and other property damage despite limited scientific findings on the topic.

Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Sunoco Inc. were among the companies hit with a putative class action last month by Texas residents claiming that their surface property rights have been destroyed by earthquakes from drilling and wastewater disposal activities. Chesapeake Energy Corp. and BHP Billiton Ltd. are facing similar claims in Arkansas federal court, with...

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