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Drilling health lawsuit revived in W. Colorado

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 5, 2013 at 7:13 pm •  Published: July 5, 2013

DENVER (AP) — A judge has ruled that a western Colorado family can proceed with a lawsuit claiming oil and gas drilling activities contaminated their drinking water and air and forced them from their home.

Bill and Beth Strudley filed the lawsuit in 2011 against Denver-based Antero Resources gas drilling company and two of its contractors, The Glenwood Springs Post-Independent ( ) reported Friday.

The Colorado Court of Appeals said Wednesday that the Strudleys' suit was wrongly dismissed last year by a lower court that said the Strudleys hadn't provided enough evidence to support their claims involving their home in Silt Mesa.

The Denver District Court had ordered the Strudleys to produce affidavits showing exactly which chemicals had poisoned the air, water and ground along with "each and every study, report and analysis that contains any finding of contamination on plaintiffs' property."

The Strudleys provided the court with some evidence, but the court found it wasn't adequate.

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