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Arkansas Families File Lawsuit Over Earthquakes

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File photo of a house damaged by an earthquake. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

File photo of a house damaged by an earthquake. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — Fourteen families in central Arkansas have filed a lawsuit in connection with a series of earthquakes in Faulkner County.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday that the lawsuit is against Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Operating Inc. and Billiton Petroleum LLC alleges that natural-gas disposal wells resulted in thousands of earthquakes in Arkansas in 2010 and 2011.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday says the earthquakes damaged the plaintiff’s homes and caused the market value for the houses to decline.

Billiton, which purchased Chesapeake’s Arkansas assets in 2011, did not immediately return a phone call or email seeking comment.

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