An Ohio energy company that manufacturers a road de-icer and dust suppressant processed from brine water produced from oil and gas wells has settled a lawsuit after the court issued a ruling against two individuals who had made false and defamatory statements about the product.
Duck Creek Energy, based in Brecksville, created AquaSalina in 2003 and received approval for its use as a de-icer and dust suppressant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 2004.
The liquid de-icer and dust suppressant is natural seawater that is a byproduct of oil and gas well production and is used by snow removal contractors and Ohio municipalities.
In early 2012, Duck Creek brought the defamation suit against Tish O’Dell and Michelle Aini, who are also members of a grass-roots group in southern Cuyahoga County, because they described AquaSalina as frack water and fracking waste.
The case was settled in September with the defendants agreeing to an injunction preventing them from further defaming Duck Creek Energy and also paying the company damages.
The defendants are prohibited from referring to AquaSalina as fracwater, fracking waste, frack waste, fracking fluid, fracking by-product, toxic, carcinogenic, cancer causing, poisonous or radioactive or any synonym thereof.
“I felt it was crucial to stand up for the oil and gas industry and hold these individuals accountable for making defamatory statements about our product,” said David I. Mansbery, president of Duck Creek.
“This was a great victory for the oil and gas industry,” said Rhonda Reda, executive director of the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP).
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