Prague Earthquake Lawsuits Move Closer to Trial

Earthquake attorney Scott Poynter had to go to court in order to get the right to interview some experts as he prepares for a late November trial against some Oklahoma energy companies. The companies are blamed for a large earthquake six years ago.

Representing clients who sued energy companies following the 2011 earthquake in Prague that measured 5.7 magnitude, Poynter won the ruling of a Cleveland county judge in recent days.

The judge ruled that former Oklahoma Geological Survey seismologist Austin Holland could testify about whether the 2011 quakes were caused by injection wells operated by New Dominion LLC, according to The Frontier.

Judge Lori Walkley ruled Poynter could depose Holland and OSU geophysicist Todd Halihan, who is a member of Gov. Mary Fallin’s Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity.