MOUNDSVILLE – A Marshall County man is suing over claims his residence was damaged by explosives used during construction of a nearby oil and gas processing facility.

Kevin Gornik filed a lawsuit Oct. 3 in Marshall Circuit Court against Williams Ohio Valley Midstream.

According to the complaint, in April 2013, Gornik noticed damage to his residence on Fork Ridge Road in Moundsville, including large cracks and bowing in his basement block walls. The complaint states this damage was done by hundreds of explosives set off near Gornik's property in late 2012 during the construction of the defendant's Oak Grove Facility, an oil and gas processing facility.

Gornik says his property has diminished in value due to the defendant breaching its duty to the plaintiff not to damage his property in the construction and operation of its facility.

Gornik seeks damages, interest and attorney fees.

He is represented by attorneys Eric M. Gordon of Berry, Kessler, Crutchfield, Taylor & Gordon in Moundsville, and Harry W. Moore Jr. of Law Office of Harry W. Moore Jr. in Moundsville. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Mark A. Karl.

Marshall Circuit Court case number: 14-C-160K

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