From the Wise County Messenger:
Bob and Lisa Parr of Allison filed a lawsuit against nine oil and gas companies this morning in the Dallas County Courthouse. They are suing the companies for environmental contamination and pollution of their property over the past two years during several phases of natural gas production. The companies being sued include Aruba Petroleum, Ash Grove Resources, Encana, Halliburton, Republic Energy, Ryder Scott and Tejas. For the past two years, the Parrs have suffered numerous ill effects. They symptoms were so bad the Parrs had to leave their home in east Wise County. Doctors have tracked the symptoms to chemicals and emissions related to natural gas extraction and production. The Parrs were featured in a series of articles in the Wise County Messenger last year examining the effects of industrial pollution on local residents. Read more from that series at www.wcmess.com/pollution.
More about the Parr family HERE
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Tim Ruggiero says
Aruba Petroleum is clearly the main culprit in this scenario. Maybe that's why they are listed at the very top of the lawsuit. Not that there are any saints around here, but some are clearly much better than Aruba. Case in point: There was a recent complaint about a gas odor from another company's older well. By the next day, they were out fixing it. If it were Aruba, they would have referred the complaint to Sunwest Commincations, and Fred Stern would simply say "We're grateful that the TCEQ has brought this to our attention" and that would be the end of that.
I sincelrely hope that Bob, Lisa and Emma get the relief they deserve. I know this was a difficult decision for them, but when you get next to no help from the TCEQ, zero help from the TRRC and Aruba won't even acknowledge there's a problem, then what other choice is there?
Good luck to you Lisa and Bob! To hell with Aruba et al.
Can anyone explain what Ash Grove Resources’ role is in this? They’re an off-shoot of the same large cement company that has a plant in Midlothian and apparently sells cement Cement Kiln Dust and fly ash as soil stabilizer.
I don’t know for sure. But they used cement kiln dust in the pit on Tim Ruggiero’s property to thicken it and they used it on a windy day so that it blew all across the countryside and people breathed it. At the time they thought it was cement.