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US Insurer Won't Cover Gas Drill Fracking Exposure

ABC News - Associated Press -- Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has become the first major insurance company to say it won't cover damage related to a gas drilling process that blasts chemical-laden water deep into the ground.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company's personal and commercial policies "were not designed to cover" risk from the drilling process, called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, Nationwide spokeswoman Nancy Smeltzer said Thursday.

The process injects chemically treated water into wells to fracture shale thousands of feet underground and release trapped gas or oil. There are rich shale deposits in parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and elsewhere.

Health and environmental groups claim fracking can contaminate drinking water. The gas industry says it's safe if done properly. Nationwid


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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2012 12:17:05 AM

LOL, of course PDQ, why do you think State Farm is pushing insurance on earthquakes??? You anti oil and gas folks are too funny! LMAO.

[Edited by: drpepperTX at 7/25/2012 1:18:13 AM EST]
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 11:07:52 PM

I would hate to try to PROVE to any insurance company that Fracking or any damage cause by Fracking was caused by Big Oil.

It is not because fracking does not cause damage...but I just know insurance companies!

Good article NH!

[Edited by: LetemEatCake at 7/25/2012 12:08:31 AM EST]
PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 10:27:26 PM

Of course insurance companies will refuse to insure a bad risk. And fracking is a bad risk.
drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 7:52:15 AM

The laughable thing is how the OP of this thinks this is somehow a condemnation of oil and gas exploration!

58salty
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 6:55:08 AM

OK
cdrrod
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 6:02:49 AM

Better switch to State Farm!
Tacodan
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 5:50:13 AM

old news...................
ReddevilNO
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 5:46:54 AM

Whatever.
humblepie
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 5:15:58 AM

such nonsense, just like trading rick nash
KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 4:08:10 AM

Lol, this is too ridiculous! Who would have insurance from Nationwide Mutual?
TravelinMan52
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 3:58:26 AM

And State Farm will cover it in Texas??? Something strange going on here.
1WI
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 1:13:35 AM

State Farm ?
BJWI
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:36:00 AM

Citizens will be on their own yet again ...
coughlin
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:35:26 AM

Scary.
PetroScopper
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:34:57 AM

I guess we can safely assume that Nationwide has set a precedence. Every insurance company will deny their customers coverage as well. I suppose that also makes it a little clearer how safe tracking actually is- really.
CDMAuto
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:32:41 AM

This is a wait and see.....
unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:31:36 AM

Now it starts.
yonasb
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:31:04 AM

ok
12766
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:29:07 AM

OK
reeneedan
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:28:01 AM

only the future will tell who is right, so we better hope its the oil companies or we all will be up a shit creek without a paddle
kcboy
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:27:05 AM

ok
hubcapLA
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:25:26 AM

They just keep trying but no one really believes them any more because they have cried "Wolf" too many times.
UseLessGasFolks
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:24:23 AM

"Nationwide said risks involved in fracking operations "are too great to ignore" and apply to policies of commercial contractors and landowners who lease property to gas companies."

A landowner might want to think twice before leasing their land to these fools.
razeware
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:23:37 AM

....
roadrunnerMO
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:20:42 AM

Can do things safely without all those environmentalists... Too much EPA just like government trying to take over out lives in every other fashion.
Math6149
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:20:20 AM

Why?
carman11
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:20:08 AM

Now isn't that just great. Lets just go back to the dark ages then everyone would be happy.
Bruno44
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:18:05 AM

Let the enviros pay for it.
tessnlu
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:14:13 AM

fine
granitestater
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:12:33 AM

Insurance? Really??
TheeRedRam
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:11:04 AM

Oh Frack
ifallsguy
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:10:10 AM

no way to figure their exposure since the science on this is undetermined
krobp46
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:10:08 AM

whatever
jimpeel
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:09:47 AM

Typical. They don't want to pay when the time comes.
JohnofGB
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:08:59 AM

Certainly not in Pennslyvania
Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:07:21 AM

They only want your insurance preminum, then when you have a claim they always find a reason not to pay. It is called a one way street
Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:06:46 AM

"If done properly"
RENEGADEGAS
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:06:30 AM

I wonder how much the greenie weenie groups paid this company to deny coverage. More propaganda is forth coming.
AmbuDriver
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:04:48 AM

Can't really say that I blame them.
dave1745
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:04:14 AM

hmm
SparkieMi
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2012 12:03:25 AM

Time will tell....
wilbur_gas
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:58:36 PM

OK
gem1224
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:57:42 PM

Ok
umitb
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:57:24 PM

ok
PK33
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:56:27 PM

I'm with you Bellman, it's way too early to tell, and if one insurance company denies coverage, more will follow, or the price will increase significantly
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:55:53 PM

Insurance companies haven't covered acts of God; now they won't cover acts of man.
TheSnowstorm
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:47:01 PM

Insurance companies (in general) are not in the habit of losing money.
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:45:27 PM

Insurance companies are crooks.
kgbellman
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:44:45 PM

I don't blame them considering we don't know the long term impact
BobD2009
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:43:02 PM

State Farm will.
AnObserver
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2012 11:42:21 PM

Call State Farm - they don't know as much
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