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Judge Dismisses Family’s Lawsuit Against Antero

DENVER (AP) — A Denver judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a couple who said oil and gas companies contaminated their drinking water and air.

Beth and Bill Strudley say their family moved from their home outside Silt to escape the effects of nearby work by Antero Resources Corp. and its subcontractors.

A judge on Wednesday dismissed the case, saying the couple failed to show a link between the companies’ work and their ailments. The Strudleys had submitted a supporting affidavit from a doctor, but the judge said the doctor didn’t explicitly say that exposure to Antero’s operations caused the family’s illnesses.

A message left Thursday at a phone number listed for the Strudleys wasn’t returned.

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

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