Texas Quake Findings Likely To Deter Civil Suits

Law360, Dallas (November 3, 2015, 9:10 PM EST) -- The Texas Railroad Commission's Tuesday decision to leave intact disposal well permits for XTO Energy and EnerVest shows how difficult it is to prove earthquakes are tied to oil and gas drilling activities and will have a deterrent effect on any civil litigation tied to seismic activity, lawyers say.

On Tuesday, the commission adopted two sets of findings issued by administrative hearing examiners that determined there's not enough evidence wastewater disposal wells operated by XTO Energy Inc. and an EnerVest Ltd. subsidiary "likely contributed to seismic activity" around the Barnett Shale. The formal adoption of findings followed two show-cause hearings at which...

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