Texas Exxon Case Could Fuel Water Pollution Suits

By Michelle Casady (September 8, 2016, 3:31 PM EDT) -- A groundwater contamination dispute between West Texas ranch owners and ExxonMobil that the Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear last week could empower property owners and provide them with a clear mechanism to clean up contamination from legacy oil and gas operations, lawyers say.

The owners of the Lazy R Ranch are hoping to preserve an April 2015 ruling in their favor from the state's Eighth Court of Appeals, which held that the injunction the owners sought that would force Exxon to take measures to stop hydrocarbon contamination on the property from spreading is not time-barred because it didn't seek monetary...

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