Dallas Jury Awards $3 Million to Fracking Victims
A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”
Bob and Lisa Parr have been telling their story for a while. They even appeared in the anti-fracking documentary Gasland II. But since the verdict, Lisa Parr says it feels like she’s been telling it nonstop.
It started in 2008. She had just married Bob and moved with her daughter to his North Texas ranch.
“I started feeling bad. I blew it off as flu,” she says. But months went by, and she kept feeling sick.
“I had a rash throughout my body,” Lisa Parr says. “My lymph nodes stuck out in my neck like the size of pecans. There was four of them on each side.”