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Triad Hunter seeks injunction against solution-mining operators

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 1, 2018


MOUNDSVILLE – An oil and gas exploration company alleges it has been damaged by other companies' solution-mining activity.

Triad Hunter LLC filed a complaint in Marshall Circuit Court against Eagle Natrium LLC, Axiall Corp. and Westlake Chemical Corp. alleging negligence, trespass and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff purchased mineral rights in Monroe County, Ohio that were formerly owned by the Ormet Corp. and drilled wells. It alleges that Eagle's solution-mining activity near the property has caused the rock formations to collapse or subside, which has caused damage to the plaintiff.

The plaintiff holds Eagle Natrium LLC, Axiall Corp. and Westlake Chemical Corp. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to conduct their solution-mining activity in a reasonable manner.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks preliminary and permanent injunction preventing defendants from trespassing and pressuring their solution-mining wells and brine fields and such other appropriate relief. It is represented by William R. Slicer and Michael D. Dunham of Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer PLLC in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Jeffrey Cramer.

Marshall Circuit Court case number 17-C-236

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