What the Frack? Oklahoma Resident Sues Energy Companies for Causing Earthquake

© Flickr / Public HeraldAn oil pump jack operating in Oklahoma where recent earthquakes have put the spotlight on the inudstry and its controversial methods of #fracking.
An oil pump jack operating in Oklahoma where recent earthquakes have put the spotlight on the inudstry and its controversial methods of #fracking. - Sputnik International
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A resident of the US city of Pawnee, Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against oil and gas companies over an alleged connection between their fracking activities and the earthquake that hit the state.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On September 3, a 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit the area near Pawnee, becoming the strongest tremor ever recorded in the history of the state. At least one person was injured by the natural disaster.

"By disposing of fracking wastewater deep into the earth, Defendants introduced contaminants into the natural environment that caused an adverse change to it in the form of unnatural seismic activity. In other words, due to Defendants' pollution of the environment, they caused the man-made earthquake at issue in the case…. In order words, due to Defendants’ pollution of the environment they caused the man-made earthquakes at issue in this case," the lawsuit, cited by the Radio Oklahoma Network, read.

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The lawsuit against Eagle Road Oil LLC, Cummings Oil Company and 25 John Does was filed on behalf of Pawnee resident James Adams. He seeks money from energy companies to compensate Pawnee residents for damage to private property, as well as emotional distress.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique of extracting shale gas and oil by injecting pressurized toxic liquid into the ground. Opponents of fracking argue the process poses numerous health, safety and environmental risks, including the potential for fracking fluids and waste to leak into water as well as the large volume of water used.

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