Men allege Chesapeake well polluted water supply, seek $4 million

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 21, 2017

LOGAN – Three Logan County individuals are seeking $4 million in damages over allegations that a Chesapeake Energy well has polluted their private wells and a pond used to provide water to livestock.

LOGAN – Three Logan County individuals are seeking $4 million in damages over allegations that a Chesapeake Energy well has polluted their private wells and a pond used to provide water to livestock.

Charles Raymond Adams, Karen Sue Adams and Dreama Joyce Davis filed a complaint Aug. 30 in Logan Circuit Court against Chesapeake Energy Corp., Chesapeake Appalachia LLC and Chesapeake Operating LLC alleging private nuisance, negligence and other counts.

According to the complaint, the defendants have an oil well adjacent to their property that was drilled in 2007. They allege the well and blow-off pipes are leaking an oil substance and the runoff has polluted a pond that supplied drinking water to their livestock and also contaminated their private wells. The suit states that cattle have died from drinking the water and the pond has decreased in size.

The plaintiffs hold Chesapeake Energy Corp., Chesapeake Appalachia LLC and Chesapeake Operating LLC responsible because the defendants allegedly breached their duty by not maintaining the well.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek damages of no less than $4 million and such other just and appropriate relief. They are represented by Christina Kostenko of Coal Country Law Firm in Daniels. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Joshua Butcher.

Logan Circuit Court case number 17-C-244

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