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Family Plans To Appeal Drilling Lawsuit Dismissal

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado family says they plan to appeal the dismissal of a lawsuit in which they alleged that oil and gas companies contaminated their drinking water and air.

A Denver District judge on Wednesday dismissed the case, saying Beth and Bill Strudley failed to show their family's ailments were caused by work by Antero Resources Corp. and its subcontractors. The judge ruled that while the Strudleys had submitted supporting documents from a doctor, the doctor didn't say that exposure to Antero's operations specifically caused the family's illnesses.

Beth Strudley said Friday she plans to appeal.

The Strudleys once lived outside Silt but moved to Glenwood Springs to move farther from drilling operations.

State regulators earlier concluded the couple's water wasn't affected by oil and gas operations.

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