Fracking firm must pay out $3 mln to Texas family in landmark court case

Thursday, April 24, 2014
By Paul Martin
24 April 2014

Texas-based Aruba Petroleum Inc. will need to fork over almost $3 million to a family for the ill consequences the firm’s hydraulic fracturing was believed to have caused. The victims’ attorneys are claiming this to be the first trial ever dealing with fracking damages in America, that has not been settled out of court. The attorneys representing Bob and Lisa Parr during the landmark case said that the fracking activities in Dallas County, Texas, “fouled the family’s 40-acre ranch property, their home and quality of life, sickened them and their pets and livestock,” law firm Matthews & Associates said in a Wednesday blog post following the previous day’s decision, as stated on The Hill. A Texas court has decided that the company pay up exactly $2.925 million in damages to the family.

It all started back in March 2011 when the Parr’s filed a formal suit against Aruba Petroleum. They allege that the air and water had been contaminated due to the firm’s not one, but 22 drilling sites within a two-mile radius from their ranch. In turn, devastating repercussions struck the family’s property but more valuable than that, their health.

“My daughter was experiencing nosebleeds, rashes,” said Lisa Parr in a 2011 press conference, according to, then she continued, “There were mornings she would wake up about 6:00 … covered in blood, screaming, crying.” Never-ending migraines, rashes, nausea, and dizziness were other symptoms the entire family experienced and have placed the blame on the fracking firm that was near their home.

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