Texas Driller Says $3M Barnett Shale Verdict Unsupported

By Jess Krochtengel (September 14, 2016, 7:50 PM EDT) -- A Texas driller found liable for $3 million after a family claimed they'd been sickened by fumes from natural gas wells near their Barnett Shale property told a state appeals court Wednesday there's no evidence its drilling activity caused the family's injuries.

In oral argument, Aruba Petroleum Inc. told the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas the Parr family had brought a toxic tort case alleging that they were sickened by air pollution and that Aruba intentionally caused a permanent nuisance to their property. Aruba said the family didn't introduce expert testimony or other evidence supporting its claim of toxic exposure,...

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