(Bloomberg) –- Oklahoma’s Supreme Court said New Dominion LLCcan be sued for damage caused by an earthquake that a woman blameson disposal wells tied to fracking, in what may be the first suchcase to head to a jury trial.

Sandra Ladra sued New Dominion and Spess Oil Co. for injuriessuffered to her knees and legs in November 2011, when a 5.0magnitude earthquake struck near her home in central Oklahoma. Shesaid the tremor caused the rock facing on her two- story fireplaceand chimney to fall into the living room, where she was watchingtelevision with her family.

Oklahoma, a region not known for seismic activity, hasexperienced a rash of earthquakes since 2009, the same year areaoil companies began using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, toshatter deep rock layers to extract oil and gas. Fracked wellsproduce large quantities of wastewater, which drilling companiesinject into ultra-deep disposal wells, which critics blame forcausing earthquakes.

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