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Legal Help for Business Owners and Families Facing Diminished Property Values and Health Problems Linked to Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Operations
The attorneys in Weitz & Luxenberg’s environmental toxic torts unit are now researching cases where communities have been adversely affected by a controversial natural resource drilling practice called fracking. Fracking operations can cause economic, environmental and public health complications for those who live or work in the areas where fracking takes place.
If your community has been affected, you can obtain vital information from our lawyers about your legal rights and options by completing the form on this page.
For a number of years, oil, natural gas and other environmental energy companies have been involved in a controversial practice known as hydraulic fracturing—or fracturing—in order to increase the amount of oil and natural gas that can be extracted from below the earth.
To release the oil and natural gas, the companies use drills to inject a liquid chemical mixture at very high pressure into the earth. As a result, rocks below the earth break (or fracture), allowing additional gas and oil to flow to the surface.
Fracking has been used in a number of states, including New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Colorado and Wyoming. Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a number of environmental groups and others concerned about the natural resource mining have been involved in the study of fracking, the potential for environmental pollution and property damage and the risk that the chemicals used in the gas well fracking process may pose serious health risks to those who live in the area where fracking is used.
Health Risks Caused by Exposure to Fracking Chemicals
A number of health studies have been conducted by environmental groups and federal agencies about the chemicals used in fracking operations.
According to a report prepared by the EPA, the use of chemicals such as petroleum distillate and diesel (which contains a combination of chemicals known as “BTEX” (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) have all been linked to a number of serious health problems.
An EPA report currently links exposure to water polluted by BTEX chemicals to increased risks for cancer. Long-term exposure to BTEX are also known to cause damage to the kidneys, liver, cause central nervous system disorders, while short-term exposure to the chemicals can cause other chronic health problems such as fatigue, nausea and memory problems.
Potential Property Issues Caused by Fracking
As of October 2010, fracking has been banned in New York State because of unanswered questions about the chemicals used in the process and whether they cause environmental water pollution and potential property damage.
According to data complied by the non-profit advocacy organization The Environmental Working Group, fracking has been linked to both drinking water contamination and property damage in a number of states, with community residents complaining of water quality issues that caused their drinking water to have foul odors and significant discoloration (in some cases, drinking water has been almost black).
Lawsuit Resources for Fracking
If your community has been affected by fracking, our environmental lawyers may be able to help. Please complete the form below for a free legal review of your potential environmental lawsuit.
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