Fracking unlocks oil and gas from shale formations by using chemicals pumped into the group to fracture the rock to create channels where oil and gas can migrate for removal at the well. While fracking has created an economic boom for oil and gas drillers, it has left many property owners with groundwater contamination and other environmental and property damage problems.
Property Damage Attorney Services
At Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C., our lawyers represent property owners who have suffered damages due to Marcellus Shale fracking activities. We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case. We have offices in Charleston, Logan and Summersville.
The following are examples of property damage claims resulting from fracking activities:
- Contamination of groundwater
- Soil contamination by surface spills, leaking pits or overflowing pits
- Land subsidence claims from operation of heavy equipment on adjacent property
Long-Term Health Concerns From Toxic Chemicals
Contamination of groundwater by natural gas is obvious when your kitchen faucet ejects flames or gases seeping into your bathtub cause an explosion. Other types of contamination may be more subtle and the harmful effects may not be known for several years.
When a drilling company pours thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water into the ground, those contaminants have to go somewhere. In many cases, it enters the water table and wells where rural residents obtain water for drinking, cooking and bathing.
Many fracking chemicals used before 2009 contained known carcinogens. Fracking compounds may also contain toxic metals. If you or a family member has suffered an illness from using contaminated water, our lawyers can help you determine if the illness may be linked to fracking chemicals used at nearby drilling sites.
We work on a contingency basis. We don’t get paid unless you do.
Free Initial Consultation With a Fracking Damage Attorney in West Virginia
Contact our firm to schedule a free consultation with our fracking property damage attorneys in Charleston, Logan or Summersville. We handle damage claims on a contingent fee basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.