July 2015, Vol. 242, No. 7

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Company Blamed for 31-Acre Sinkhole Sues Oil Company

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The company blamed for a 31-acre sinkhole that forced 350 rural Louisiana residents out of their homes has sued Occidental Petroleum Corp., claiming that negligent drilling and production contributed to the damage. Texas Brine Co. said Occidental and Oxy USA Inc. should have to cover more than $100 million in damages that Texas Brine has paid or will have to pay. Occidental did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Assumption Parish. The lawsuit accuses the companies of allowing drilling too close to the mostly underground salt mountain where Texas Brine had pumped water to get brine for refineries. Texas Brine alleges

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