Texas Family Claims $9M For Fracking-Related Illnesses

By Jess Krochtengel (April 8, 2014, 9:29 PM EDT) -- A Texas family seeking $9 million in a nuisance suit told a Dallas jury on Tuesday the company drilling natural gas wells near their property is making them sick, in one of the first trials seeking to hold a company liable for medical problems allegedly linked to chemicals used in fracking.

The Parr family, who owns a 40-acre tract in Wise County, contend Plano, Texas-based Aruba Petroleum Inc. has exposed them to hazardous gases, chemicals and industrial waste at some of the 22 gas wells drilled near their land, which sits atop the Barnett Shale. They say that since Aruba started...

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