COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An eastern Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against “poisoned waters” on billboards opposing gas-drilling wastewater wells faces a legal threat from the wells’ operator.
Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that billboards paid for by Michael Boals of Coshocton (kuh-SHAHK’-tuhn) contain false and defamatory attacks against its deep-injection sites.READ MORE: Howard W. Hanna Jr., Founder Of Real Estate Agency Dies At 101 Years Old
They dispose of contaminated wastewater from oil and gas drilling.
Boals refuses to pull the billboards. The 55-year-old says stating that the wells “pump poisoned waters” underfoot is true.READ MORE: 'I Owe Him Everything'; Zlatan Ibrahimovic Pays Tribute Following The Passing Of Dr. Freddie Fu
An environmental legal group argues that quoting prophecy from Revelation – on men dying from waters “made bitter” – is Boals’ free-speech right.
The company says its wells are safe and legal and the messages are misleading. It’s taken its complaint to the sign owner
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