5.0 Oklahoma Earthquake damages Buildings

Another OklahomaOK 5.0 Quake earthquake damaged homes and businesses Sunday. On November 6, 2016 at  7:44 CST, a quake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale rattled central Oklahoma. The epicenter was near Cushing, some 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. The shock was felt as far away as Dallas, Kansas City and Little Rock, Ark.

Pictures of the damage were shown in social media; debris lay piled up at the base of commercial buildings.

Pipeline Crossroads of the World

Cushing (pop. 7,900) is home to the world’s largest oil storage facility, Cushing Tank Farms. The city calls itself the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World.”

Scientists have linked Oklahoma’s sharp uptick in earthquakes to underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas production. In the process of fracking, millions of gallons of water and frack chemicals are pumped into the earth in order to fracture the shale rock far below and force out “natural” gas. That fracking fluid is then extracted and pumped deep into the earth at another location, which experts think is what triggers the quakes.

Oklahoma experienced roughly one or two earthquakes a year for some 100 years. That all changed in 2009 with the introduction of widespread fracking throughout the state. More than 50 earthquakes fractured the state that year and every year since. More than 300 quakes rattled the Sooner state in 2010.

Earthquake Lawsuits

Property owners who have seen their homes and businesses damaged by the quakes have begun to file earthquake lawsuits against the fracking companies they believe responsible for the damages.

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Pennsylvania Families win Fracking Lawsuit

A Pennsylvania jury dont-frack-with-our-waterawarded a $4.2 million verdict to two Pennsylvania families who said fracking destroyed their water wells.

The verdict won’t bring back healthy well water to the Dimock, Pennsylvania families; but it does send a hopeful message to others whose lives have been ruined by the country’s runaway fracking train. It is believed to be the second fracking verdict won by plaintiffs, the first being fracking verdict for a Texas family on Earth Day in 2014.

CommonDreams.org reported that a 10-person jury on Thursday, March 10, 2016, awarded the verdict to the two families who had refused to settle with the Houston-based fracker who wrecked their water in the village of Dimock.

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Earthquakes increase in Fracked Areas

Earthquakes caused by fracking dont-frack-with-our-waterhave increased dramatically in the central and eastern U.S., according to a just-released study. The L.A. Times reported on April 23, 2015 that for the first time, the “U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has unveiled a map of earthquakes thought to be triggered by human activity in the eastern and central United States.”

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Earthquakes in Dallas Cowboy Land

The old and newfracking glass homes of the Dallas Cowboys in Irving and Arlington, Texas are surrounded by thousands of natural gas fracking wells. Many Irving and Arlington and other nearby residents know firsthand that there’s nothing natural about extracting natural gas miles beneath the earth’s surface.  They have smelled, tasted and felt fracking’s life altering effects on the earth.  Residents of Irving and Arlington and other nearby towns have complained not only of the low frequency noise that rumbles their homes at all hours, but of skin rashes, nose bleeds, nausea, memory loss, endocrine problems, asthma, mental confusion and other fracking-related problems. The complaints tend to come from people who aren’t collecting any mineral rights’ royalties from frack wells in the area.

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Judge accepts $2.9 Million Fracking Case Verdict

The judge presiding over fracking glassa toxic emissions case involving fracking in Texas has accepted a jury verdict which awarded $2.9 million to the Parr family of Weiss County. The Parrs sued Aruba Petroleum for emissions which made them sick.

Judge Mark Greenberg issued a one-page ruling on June 19 that denied Aruba’s motion to reject the jury’s verdict which came in Greenberg’s court in April 2014. Aruba’s arguments which were rejected by Greenberg included the company’s claim that the Parr family failed to prove Aruba emissions made them sick.

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Fracked Farmer dies of Rare Brain Cancer

A fracked farmer Terry Greenwood Blog Picturedied of a rare brain cancer on Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Pennsylvania. Harassed, threatened and poisoned by frackers for the last seven years of his life, Terry Greenwood was 66.

“It killed the cattle, and it’ll kill the people next.”  – Terry Greenwood on Fracking

Landowner’s Rights Trampled

A fracking company representative sat in Mr. Greenwood’s kitchen in 2007 and asked him if the company could frack for natural gas on his land. The state of law being what it is, Mr. Greenwood didn’t have the legal “right” to refuse (the country having become what it is – a place where corporations pillage us as they did Vietnam, Iraq, Ecuador, and a hundred other places); but he told the company man he would fight for his property, for his rights. The company man told him he didn’t stand a chance, that he didn’t have enough money to fight the fracking giant protected by Dick Cheney’s Halliburton loophole – which exempts frackers from any meaningful regulation as well as the clean water act. The fracking man knew his act was sanctioned and promoted by local, state and national government “Yes” men whose jobs depend on genuflecting to the money.

Fracking contaminates Ground Water

A month later, the drilling had contaminated the well from which Mr. Greenwood had drawn water for himself, his pets and his cattle for the previous 20 years. The fracker then threw him a bone – not out of the goodness of its little black heart, but at the behest of county “regulators” (Read: Industry lapdogs). It drilled five water wells, none of which produced drinkable water.

Fracking Spill Kill – A Farmer’s Luck

After a fracking spill the next year, ten of 18 calves born on Mr. Greenwood’s property were stillborn. One that survived was born blind, another with a cleft palate. The next Spring, Mr. Greenwood’s lone bull, which would normally sire at least nine calves a year, became sterile. The Department of Energy told Mr. Greenwood, “That’s a farmer’s luck.”

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Exxon CEO joins a Fracking Lawsuit

An Exxon CEO joins Exxon CEOa Fracking Lawsuit – that’s news you don’t read every day. “Do unto others, then cut out,” is the Malthusian motto for most natural gas frackers. It’s fun to frack somebody else’s property, but maybe not so much when someone fracks your own. Witness ExxonMobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson. A longtime pro-fracking cheerleader who, like most corporate heroes, likes to rail against regulation of any kind, Mr. Tillerson objects to fracking only when it touches him personally. The Wall Street Journal reported in February 2014 that Mr. Tillerson joined a lawsuit to stop a fracking supply company from building a tower that could hurt the Exxon head’s $5 Million property values.  The tower is meant to supply water to a nearby fracking site.

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$3 Million Verdict in Texas Fracking Case

DALLAS — Plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr won dont-frack-with-our-watera $3 million jury award in the first fracking verdict in Texas April 22. The Parrs sued Aruba Petroleum in 2011 for fracking operations which fouled the family’s 40-acre ranch property, their home and quality of life, sickened them and their pets and livestock. (See the Parr – 11th Amended Petition.)

Update: The verdict is on appeal; so no recovery has been made for the plaintiffs despite the verdict.

The verdict included $275,000 for the Parr’s property loss of market value and $2 million for past physical pain and suffering by Bob and Lisa Parr and their daughter,  $250,000 for future physical pain and suffering, $400,000 for past mental anguish.

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First Fracking Trial in Texas

DALLAS — The first fracking Zoloft lawsuittrial in Texas opens in Dallas today. Bob and Lisa Parr of Wise County are suing Aruba Petroleum for property and personal damages which the couple claims they have suffered as a result of Aruba’s fracking operations. The Parr property was surrounded by natural gas frackers in 2009. The Parrs charge that frackers have so polluted their air and water as to destroy their right to peacefully enjoy their home and property and properly care for their pets and livestock, some of whom have died as a result of the fracking pollution, according to the complaint against Plano, Texas-based Aruba Petroleum.

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