Frack Check WV
Kevin Begos writing for the Associated Press, as reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 23, describes an open legal settlement in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, involving three families who experienced contaminated water wells as a result of Marcellus drilling by Chesapeake Energy.
Jared McMicken of Wyalusing said the agreement reached Thursday provides little comfort since his drinking water was ruined by nearby drilling, and his family must move.
“We’ve lost our house, and we’re not going to get out of it what we got into it,” he said.
“We have a bunch of people who have to leave their homes,” said McMicken.
McMicken said he and the other families in the case insisted that any settlement be made public. The families settled for $1.6 million.
The families will have to give Chesapeake the properties by the end of 2012.
The arbitration trial began this week and was settled on the fourth day. Attorney Todd O’Malley said he believes this is the first case involving pollution in the Marcellus Shale region where settlement terms were publicly disclosed. Past disputes have been sealed.
Sadly, one of thousands to come we assume. Brace yourselves oil and gas!