Couple wins $3 million in drilling lawsuit

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DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas jury has awarded $3 million to a North Texas couple who sued a drilling company over alleged contamination.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1l2NbQn) that the jury returned its verdict Tuesday in favor of Bob and Lisa Parr of Wise County. The Parrs argued that Aruba Petroleum’s wells caused spills and emissions on their ranch, forcing them to evacuate and making them sick.

The company argued in court - and reiterated in a statement - that it complied with state regulations and that there were too many wells near the ranch to pinpoint theirs as the ones that caused the emissions.

The family’s attorney, David Matthews, said the couple felt vindicated.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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