Claimants Says Firm Polluted Their Drinking Water Wells. Parker Waichman LLP and the Ohio law firm of Climaco, Wilcox, Peca, Tarantino & Garofoli Co., LPA are representing two Medina County, Ohio couples who allege drilling and fracking activities being performed by Landmark 4 LLC near their property polluted their drinking water wells. Among other things, the couples’ are seeking to have Landmark 4 pay for a court-established and supervised medical monitoring program because they allege the pollution from the company’s fracking activities has put them at risk for future health problems.
According to a report from The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Landmark 4 is drilling just 2,500 feet from homes owned by Mark and Sandra Mangan, and William and Stephanie Boggs. In addition to fouling the wells they depend on for drinking water, the couples allege that Landmark 4’s drilling and fracking activities have contaminated their houses and land with hazardous gases, chemicals and industrial waste, according to the Plain Dealer.
Both lawsuits allege that Landmark didn’t have sufficient cement casing on its wells and was negligent in training staff. Among other things, they claim that they must now pay to bring in drinking water from outside sources, that their homes have lost value, and that they “live in constant fear of future physical illness.”
What Really Happened?
According to a report from the Akron Beacon Journal, the Mangans say they discovered their water well had gone dry on September 29, 2008. At the same time, Landmark 4 was drilling for natural gas at nearby Allardale Park. The couple says they were able to ignite the gas bubbles in the water from their kitchen sink. The Boggs reported similar problems, according to the Beacon.
The couples’ lawyers, Cleveland attorney John Climaco, and William Dubanevich of Parker Waichman LLP, told the Plain Dealer that in the next couple of weeks they will meet with a number of other Ohio groups who believe they are suffering from the same type of contamination.
The Mangans and Boggs first contacted Climaco, who tapped Dubanevich to assist with the cases, according to the Plain-Dealer. The Parker Waichman lawyer specializes in water contamination lawsuits.