$4M Fracking Verdict Unlikely To Spawn Many Copycat Cases

By Dan Packel (March 11, 2016, 7:12 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania federal jury's Thursday award of $4.24 million to two families who claimed that natural gas drilling contaminated their water supply will get attention, especially as their hometown was the star of a widely viewed anti-fracking documentary, but lawyers doubt the case will inspire a surge of copycat claims.

Observers likely first made acquaintance with Dimock Township through Josh Fox's Academy Award-nominated 2010 documentary "Gasland." But the suit that was just tried to a verdict actually predates the film, having been filed in 2009.

Residents of the small northeastern Pennsylvania town of Dimock have found themselves at the center of...

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