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Swiger Logging alleges property was damaged by Jay-Bee Oil & Gas operations

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 25, 2018

WEST UNION – A West Union company that owns two tracts of real estate in Doddridge County alleges the properties were damaged by an oil and gas company.

Swiger Logging Inc. filed a complaint in Doddridge Circuit Court against Jay-Bee Oil & Gas Inc. and Jay-Bee Production Co. alleging negligence, trespass and other counts.

According to the complaint, the defendants recently drilled and are operating oil and gas wells near the plaintiff's property and also used a parcel adjacent to the plaintiff's property for an ancillary water impoundment. The plaintiff alleges in October 2016, the defendants attempted to reclaim the area of the water impoundment and improperly drained it onto the plaintiff's property. 

The plaintiff holds Jay-Bee Oil & Gas Inc. and Jay-Bee Production Co. responsible because water, sludge, debris and other material from the water impoundment site flooded its property and allegedly damaged it. The plaintiff also alleges that the defendants also trespassed on its property and damaged it.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, plus interest, attorneys' fees, costs and all further relief as the court may deem proper. He is represented by Rodney C. Windom and Scott A. Windom of Windom Law Offices PLLC in Harrisville. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Timothy Sweeney.

Doddridge Circuit Court case number 17-C-42

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