Tyson Foods want to sue Grand Lake residents.

Saturday, June 21st 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Pryor - Tyson Foods wants to sue more than 11-thousand Oklahomans on claims they are to blame for pollution in Grand Lake.

Some of those people recently sued the company over water pollution.

District Judge James Goodpaster presided over a five-hour hearing yesterday, but decided to wait to make a ruling on whether Tyson may sue.

Senator Stratton Taylor represents Tyson in the petition against Grand Lake homeowners. His client wants to sue more than 11-thousand people, the city of Grove, Ottawa County Rural Water and Sewer District Number One, Grand Lake Public Works Authority, Shangri-La Resort, several other resorts and homeowner associations.

Taylor's motion claims some individuals or entities discharge wastewater directly into the lake.

Grand Lake property owners filed a lawsuit against Tyson in 2001, saying the company polluted the Elk River at its Missouri processing plant just east of Grove across the Oklahoma border.