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Weitz & Luxenberg lawyers report on environmental hazards associated with “hydraulic fracturing,” the mining method used to extract natural gas from oil shale
If your community’s drinking water has been harmed by hydraulic fracturing (aka: "shale fracking"), we may be able to help. Please complete the questionnaire on this page for a free legal review of your potential environmental lawsuit.
Learn how shale fracking for natural gas can poison residential water supplies and devalue home properties.
December 28, 2009 – “Hydraulic fracturing” (or “shale fracking” as it is sometimes called) is a controversial natural gas drilling process that has been implicated in hundreds of cases of polluted drinking water supplies in states from Alabama to Wyoming.
Commonly referred to as “shale fracking,” the method involves shooting millions of gallons of water, sand and potentially harmful chemicals into the ground at very high pressure to break down rock shelves to help uncover natural gas reservoirs.
The intrusive method unfortunately has a history of ruining residential water supplies.
The Marcellus Shale
In New York, state environmental regulators have proposed rules to govern drilling in the Marcellus Shale, a subterranean layer of rock that runs north from West Virginia, through Ohio and Pennsylvania to New York.
But New York City legislators have called upon the regulators, including the New York State Department of Environmental Protection, to ban shale fracking for natural gas in the city’s sensitive watershed territory, where streams feed drinking water to the city’s upstate reservoirs. Last month Congress signed a Bill to assess the potential damage to water sources that shale fracking can cause.
The concern is that in the event of an accident, New York’s unfiltered drinking-water supply could be exposed to toxic chemicals, such as: benzene, formaldehyde, ethylene, glycol and toluene, creating unimaginable health consequences.
Protect your community - Prevent shale fracking
The lawyers in the Environmental and Toxic Torts unit at Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. would like you to know that you have a right to live in a safe, clean, and uncontaminated community. Together, we will protect that right.
Residents whose water supplies have been harmed by local shale fracking operations can receive a free legal consultation by completing the form on this page. Learn more today.
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