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Hydraulic fracturing: How this method of drilling for natural gas may pose health risk
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Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (also known as "fracking" or "fracing") requires pumping millions of gallons of water at very high pressure to break up rocks and pry out natural gas that is locked away in the deep shale deposit.
Many environmentalists and scientists contend hydraulic fracturing operations pose a risk to groundwater sources, which may be contaminated by methane, a highly flammable gas, or by the fracking chemicals used to facilitate the extraction process.
In fact, many people living in communities near gas drilling facilities in Wyoming, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania have already complained that their well water has turned cloudy, or even black in color, and is foul-smelling.
One recent news article highlighted the story of a woman from the Appalachian hills in Dimock, Pa., whose drinking water was contaminated with high levels of methane—-reportedly a result of hydraulic fracturing. Another cited a situation in Bainbridge, Ohio where an improperly drilled well resulted in contaminated groundwater.
On September 25, Pennsylvania regulators ordered Cabot Oil & Gas Corp to halt fracking operations in one county after it had admitted that three recent spills of fracking fluid had occurred. Reportedly, 8,000 gallons of toxic chemicals were spilled on the ground and into a creek in Susquehanna County.
If your community has been affected by hydraulic fracturing, we may be able to help. Please complete the form below for a free legal review of your potential environmental lawsuit. A representative of our firm will be in touch shortly.
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