Oil Company Sues Over Neighbor’s Fracking by Victoria Prieskop, November 25, 2014, Court House News
GALLUP, N.M. (CN) – One oil company has sued another in Federal Court, claiming the defendant’s fracking is ruining the wells from which the plaintiff extracts its oil and gas. Parko sued Encana Oil & Gas on Nov. 21. Both companies work oil wells in Sandoval County, an enormous (3,714 square mile) county north of Albuquerque that extends west and north of Santa Fe.
Parko claims that when Encana started using fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, the fluid injected escaped from Encana’s leaseholds and invaded Parko’s.
Both companies drill in the Gallup Formation, a giant underground reservoir that has produced 920 billion cubic feet of gas and 173 million barrels of oil, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Parko claims, in essence, that Encana’s fracking altered the geology of its adjacent wells, ruining them. “Defendant’s fracking operations … caused fractures within the Gallup formation thereby allowing injected fluids and sediments to invade plaintiff’s leasehold interests and the production areas of the affected wells, which physically damaged or destroyed and/or altered subterranean geologic features and required plaintiff to rework its wells,” the complaint states.
Parko seeks damages for negligence, trespass, and bad-faith trespass. It is represented by Ernest Padilla of Santa Fe. [Emphasis added]
Parko, Inc. v Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
[Refer also to:
2014 09 21: “No duty of care,” legally immune, Charter violating Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) may order vertical compulsory pooling; “communication between…separate pools having…different ownership had been induced by hydraulic fracture stimulation”
2014 01 07: As ‘frack hits’ grew in Alberta, regulator (AER) takes action, but years too late; high pressure frac hits have been damaging hydrocarbon wells for at least a decade
2013 12 18: Fracking by Black Hills Exploration & Production investigated by COGCC for possible frac hit causing water and gas leak at old vertical well
2013 10 13: Encana’s fracking fluid blows out nearby Parko Oil well in New Mexico, Encana promises to but does not pay the cleanup costs ]