Oklahoma woman sues disposal well operators after earthquake

Prague resident Sandra Ladra this month filed a lawsuit against the operators of Lincoln County water disposal wells, claiming they caused the magnitude 5.6 earthquake in 2011 that caused rock from her fireplace to land in her lap and injure her knee.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: August 26, 2014 at 7:00 am •  Published: August 24, 2014
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Prague resident Sandra Ladra this month filed a lawsuit against the operators of Lincoln County water disposal wells, claiming they caused the magnitude-5.6 earthquake in 2011 that caused rock from her fireplace to land in her lap and injure her knee.


>>READ: History of earthquakes in Oklahoma

The suit lists as defendants Tulsa-based New Dominion LLC; Cleveland, OK-based Spess Oil Co.; and 25 other unnamed companies. Ladra is asking for more than $75,000 in actual damages, plus punitive damages.

Representatives from New Dominion and Spess did not return phone calls to The Oklahoman.

“Ultimately the decision is for the jury to decide if the earthquake was attributed to the injection wells. We will offer scientific findings that the injections are along fault lines,” Ladra’s attorney Scott Poynter told The Oklahoman.

>>READ: Questions remain at epicenter of quake trend

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by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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