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June 22, 2012

Dead cattle spur lawsuit

Family claims drilling company's operations contaminated herd's water source

By LIBBY CLUETT | lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

PALO PINTO – Almost two years after 17 of his son’s bucking-bred cattle died in a pasture, Mike Wilfong filed suit in Palo Pinto County’s 29th Judicial District Court against Wichita Falls-based Peba Oil and Gas Company.

The petition for Wilfong and his minor son, Jake, demands a jury trial for specified damages – the cattle deaths, placed at $75,000 – and unspecified damages for loss of use and diminished value of Wilfong’s property.

“On or around June 1, 2010, Peba Oil and Gas Company and/or other defendants unknown caused to be discharged from a well site in Palo Pinto County … certain toxic chemicals and/or drilling fluids,” the suit claims.

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