Residents of a town hit by Oklahoma’s strongest earthquake have filed a class-action lawsuit against dozens of energy companies, accusing them of triggering destructive temblors by injecting wastewater from oil and natural gas production underground.
Pawnee residents filed the suit Thursday in district court against 27 companies, saying they operate wastewater injection wells even though they know the method causes earthquakes. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount for property damage and reduced value, plus emotional distress.
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck the town of about 2,200 in September and the lawsuit claims 52 more have hit the area since. On Nov. 6, a magnitude 5.0 quake damaged dozens of buildings in nearby Cushing, a town that is home to one of the world’s largest oil hubs. [ASSOCIATEDPRESS]
This is actually not the first lawsuit filed in Oklahoma. One suit filed by a resident of Prague, Oklahoma, was dismissed by a District Court before being restored by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Another suit involving Prague residents is in process as well. And the Sierra Club has filed a federal lawsuit aiming to halt wastewater injection in the state. [ARSTECHNICA]