Family Wins $3M in Texas Fracking Case
They say they suffered asthma, nausea, depression
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 25, 2014 6:29 AM CDT
A worker looks over tanks holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing Sept. 24, 2013, in Midland, Texas.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

(Newser) – A Texas family suing a gas-drilling firm over alleged contamination of their ranch has won $3 million in what their lawyer calls Texas' first fracking verdict. Bob and Lisa Parr said their family, pets, and livestock developed ailments tied to fracking operations, driving them to evacuate their land on some occasions, the Dallas Morning News reports. After moving to the Wise County ranch in 2008, the Parrs and their daughter grappled with asthma, nausea, and depression; their daughter reportedly awakened with a nosebleed covering her in blood, al Jazeera America reports. "These are all classic symptoms tied to hydrocarbon exposure," says another member of their legal team.

The Parrs sued Aruba Petroleum of Plano in 2011 and were featured in the documentary Gasland Part II. The company's lawyers called the ruling "arbitrary," noting that the two miles around the ranch contain more than 100 natural gas wells. "How do you determine which well caused what, if any, damages?" But environmentalists called the case a victory: The jury of "six regular people who knew nothing about fracking were presented with the facts and awarded the victims $3 million. It’s going to be hard to spin that." Aruba hasn't decided whether to appeal. ($3 million? Better than a pizza.)

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Riffran
Apr 26, 2014 6:35 PM CDT
damn oil....ok all you environazi's UNITE!...stop using ANY product derived from oil. lol good luck driving to work, or using electricity unless you are offgrid
JERZJOE
Apr 26, 2014 7:06 AM CDT
wow!! 3 million!!!! get the frack outta here!!
Arthur Machado
Apr 26, 2014 12:33 AM CDT
Luddites shall drive America into the ground. "The jury of "six regular people who knew nothing about fracking" were ruled by emotion and their own ignorance and gave money to people for a nose bleed. If it weren't so sad it would be funny.