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Fracking Oklahoma Oklahoma Supreme Court

Rules suing for fracking companies

4 Jul, 2015

Oklahoma State Supreme Court rules that home-owners whose dwellings have been damaged due to fracking-related earthquakes can sue the companies responsible. The main reason behind the ruling is so that lawsuits wouldn’t have to go through the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Allowing district courts to have jurisdiction in these types of private matters does not exercise inappropriate ‘oversight and control’ over the [Corporation Commission]…rather, it conforms to the long-held rule that district courts have exclusive jurisdiction over private tort actions when regulated oil and gas operations are at issue.