What are the responsibilities of oil well owners for the care of a well if they want to recover damages from insurance carriers in the event of a blowup?

Thousands of oil wells are operated in Texas, but Michael Orlando said the courts had never ruled on that specific question until his well-owning corporate clients, including Eagle Oil & Gas Co., raised it in federal court in Waxahachie. The well owners won a $10.8 million award, including $2.52 million in attorney fees and costs in a Jan. 22 order, against Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America.

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