MOUNDSVILLE – A Marshall County chemical company is suing an oil exploration company over claims its drilling has damaged the plaintiff's brine wells.

Eagle Natrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of a Georgia-based company, filed a lawsuit in Marshall Circuit Court against Triad Hunter, citing extensive damage to its wells because of Triad's nearby fracking operation.

According to the complaint, in 2012 and 2013 horizontal drilling at three Triad wells caused a blowout and natural gas to escape at one well,and water to escape and damage others.

Eagle, which has estimated its repair costs and lost revenue will be at least $8.5 million, seeks compensatory damages at a jury trial.

Eagle is represented by attorneys  of Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor & Gordon in Moundsville, and Katherine M. Kenyon of Meyer, Unkovic and Scott in Pittsburgh. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge David W. Hummel Jr.

Marshall Circuit Court case number: 14-C 210-H

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