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Jury “Earthquake” Discussions Did Not Warrant New Trial

The Eight Circuit, in a case involving a determination regarding the amount of damages to property owners purportedly caused by vibrations from drilling operations, has refused to order a new trial arising out of an energy company’s challenge to a jury verdict against it where the jurors discussed “fracking” and “earthquakes” even though there was no evidence at trial regarding those activities. Specifically, during jury deliberations in Ruby Hiser v. XTO Energy, 768 F.3d 773 (8th Cir. 2014), the jury inquired of the court: …

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Arkansas Families Blame Fracking Operations for Earthquakes

In a new lawsuit, two families blame fracking operations for thousands of earthquakes that damaged property in central Arkansas in 2010 and 2011. On February 12, 2014, Daryl and Nicole Davis and Joel and Terri Van Pelt filed suit in the USDC for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division, against Chesapeake Operating Inc. and BHP Billiton Petroleum, claiming the defendants’ fracking operations “caused thousands of earthquakes in mini-clusters and swarms in central Arkansas in 2010 and 2011.” The plaintiffs claim their homes and property…

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New United Kingdom Study Finds That Fracking Not A Cause of Earthquakes

logounidurham-newDurham University scientists have studied and found that hydraulic fracturing is not a cause of earthquakes.  The study, entitled “Induced Seismicity and the Hydraulic Fracturing of Low Permeability Sedimentary Rocks” specifically concludes after extensive study that fracking  has only caused significant tremors in three cases. According to Professor Davies: “In almost all cases, the seismic events caused by hydraulic fracturing have been undetectable other than by geoscientists. It is also low compared to other manmade triggers.  Earthquakes caused by mining can range from a magnitude…

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