Local & Regional
Fri October 16, 2009
By Associated Press
Tulsa, OK – Geologist says he hired kids, friends for report
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A geologist has admitted that he hired his own three daughters and family friends to do legwork for a report that became the backbone of Oklahoma's pollution lawsuit against the Arkansas poultry industry.
Thursday's revelation from J. Berton Fisher, one of the state's expert witnesses, came under cross-examination from poultry company attorneys.
In all, Fisher admitted to hiring eight members of his family and friends to do work for the 2005 lawsuit, and that his firm had billed around $750,000 since the case was filed.
Oklahoma is suing 11 poultry companies, claiming they are responsible for polluting the Illinois River watershed with tons and tons of bird waste.