Fracker sues over YouTube video of burning well

Fracker Range Resouces Sues Over YouTube of Burning Well
By Mark Drajem and Mike Lee on May 18, 2012

Steven Lipsky shot video of methane- fueled flames shooting from a hose hooked up to his well in Weatherford, Texas, and sent it to Sharon Wilson, a blogger who posted it on YouTube. And he hired Alisa Rich to test the water in his well and alert the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For gas-driller Range Resources Corp. — which Lipsky blames for contaminating his water from two wells near his home — those actions amount to a conspiracy to harm its reputation, and it went to state court seeking $3 million in damages from Lipsky and Rich.

Range won one round in its fight this week, when a judge ruled that Wilson had to turn over e-mails she exchanged with the EPA and Lipsky, as she is a “central and recurring character in the conspiracy lawsuit.”

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