Federal Court Limits Scope of Hydraulic Fracturing Toxic Tort Case
In November 2009, a group of 44 plaintiffs, including the Ely family, filed suit against Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. for personal injuries and property damages that allegedly resulted from Cabot's hydraulic fracturing operations in Domock Township, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The case is pending in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, captioned as Ely et al. v. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., et al., Dkt. No. 3:09-cv-2248 (M.D. Pa.)(J. Carlson). After a number of parties settled out of the lawsuit, Cabot filed a motion for summary judgment on the Elys’ claims for breach of contract and lost royalties on an oil and gas lease, fraudulent inducement, negligence and negligence per se, medical monitoring, and violations of the Pennsylvania Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act (“HSCA”). On Monday, nearly all of the Elys’ claims were dismissed. Read the full blog post.