EOG Resources and several other companies are facing a lawsuit from a family that suffered damages when their water well ignited into an immense explosion due to methane from nearby fracked wells.
Desmog reports that the family of four, including a four-year-old child, her parents and her grandfather, were the victims of an explosion that occurred due to their water supply being tainted with highly flammable gas from nearby oil and gas operations. “Rigorous scientific testing, including isotope testing, has conclusively demonstrated that the high-level methane contamination of the Murrays’ water well resulted from natural gas drilling and extraction activities,” the complaint, filed in Dallas County, Texas, earlier this month, states.
Cody Murray, a 38-year old who previously worked in the oil and gas industry, suffered burns to his face, arms, neck and back that were so severe that he was left permanently disabled, according to the report. He is no longer able to drive because nerve damage has left him unable to grip objects properly. Cody’s young daughter, who was over 20 feet away from the pump house when it ignited, suffered first and second degree burns, as did Jim Murray, Cody’s father.
The complaint suspects two gas wells drilled by EOG Resources, roughly 1,000 feet away from the Murrays’ water well, as the source of methane. The Texas Railroad Commission has cited EOG for “discrepancies” in legally-required records for the wells’ cement casings. The RRC is currently probing the explosion.
The Murray’s lawsuit, which seeks over $1 million dollars to compensate the family for their medical expenses, Cody’s disability and resulting lost job, and the loss of their farm’s water supply, is one of a growing number of legal cases surrounding fracking.