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Fracking: Not “Abnormally Dangerous” Says Middle District of PA

Civil liability for damages normally requires evidence of a defendant’s negligence as the cause of the property damage or injury involved. An exception recognized in most states is the doctrine of “abnormally dangerous activity” (sometimes called “ultra-hazardous activity”).

This legal doctrine states that if an activity is determined by a court to be abnormally dangerous, the person conducting that activity is liable for harm caused, even in the absence of any negligence. This is referred to as “strict liability.”

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