Fracking Companies Lost on Trespassing, but a Court Just Gave Them a Different Win

This Propublica article discusses how fracking companies lost a court case on trespassing, but a were handed a different win. As conflicts continue between West Virginians and the state’s natural gas industry, complex legal cases are helping some residents, but not others.

A week after the West Virginia Supreme Court unanimously upheld the property rights of landowners battling one natural gas giant, the same court tossed out a challenge filed by another group of landowners against a different natural gas company.

In the latest case, decided Monday, the court upheld a lower court ruling that threw out a collection of lawsuits alleging dust, traffic and noise from gas operations were creating a nuisance for nearby landowners.

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