MOUNDSVILLE — A Lewis County couple is suing oil and gas companies, alleging their negligence led to injuries to the husband.
Timothy and Robin Lester of Roanoke, West Virginia, filed a complaint March 3 in Marshall Circuit Court against C&J Well Services Inc., Noble Energy Inc., Consol Energy Inc. and CNX Gas Company LLC, alleging C&J violated the safety standards within the oil and gas and trucking industries.
According to the complaint, on Feb. 3, 2016, Timothy Lester was an employee of C&J and operating a truck on county Road 26 in Marshall County. The suit says Lester was hauling fluids to the site of one or more well pads operated by Noble, Consol and CNX.
The lawsuit states the roadway and shoulder of county Road 26 collapsed, causing Lester's truck to roll over and down the steep embankment. The suit alleges Lester sustained traumatic injuries that are permanent and disabling. Robin Lester, the suit says, suffered loss of service, society and companionship of her husband.
The plaintiffs allege the defendants breached their duty to repair and maintain all damages that may result to the bridges, highways and shoulders from hauling activities.
The Lesters seek trial by jury, judgment for sums that will fully and fairly compensate the plaintiffs for their damages, plus interest and costs of court. They are represented by attorneys William L. Frame of Wilson, Frame & Metheney PLLC in Morgantown, and by G. W. Morris III of Weston.
Marshall Circuit Court Case number 17-c-41