PRAGUE, Okla. — A settlement has been reached between two Oklahoma oil and gas companies and a Prague resident injured during a strong earthquake in November 2011.
Scott Poynter, an Arkansas-based attorney for Gary and Sandra Ladra, confirms a settlement between the Ladra’s and New Dominion, LLC has been reached after three years of legal battles.
During the 5.7 magnitude earthquake, Sandra was injured after she recalled “rocks started raining down.” She said it was like nothing she had ever experienced, adding she still needs a knee replacement to this day.
“I really thought we were going to die,” she tells News 4. “I had to have a knee repair surgery where they went in and tried to clean it up and when they went in, there was too much debris and bone chips and stuff.”
The Ladra’s filed the lawsuit against Tulsa-based New Dominion, Spess Oil Co., and 25 unnamed companies in 2014. According to Poynter, who has alleged in the past earthquakes were caused by wastewater disposal wells, Spess Oil settled in July. New Dominion, LLC settled this month; however, details of the settlements remain confidential.
News 4 caught up with the Ladra’s Friday. Sandra said they were relieved to avoid a trial that was scheduled for November.
“I understand from other trials, they can come to conclusion but still get both sides appeal for a long time,” said Sandra. “Right now, I’m trying to get the house started where we could get it livable again. It’s been awful for six years.”
Gary said recovery is a daily process.
“At first we were scared to be in our own home after that happened,” he said. “I’m just hoping that we can reach some point of normalcy; however. what is normal once there’s a change…it never goes back to the original normal.”
News 4 reached to New Dominion, LLC for a statement in light of the settlement. A spokesperson told us their official comment remains ‘no comment.’