What Is Fracking?
In recent years, hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has become a popular method of extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale formation, which rests right below West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the surrounding states. Fracking involves cutting through rock with pressurized fluids. These fluids include water, sand and a wide range of chemicals.
Does Fracking Contaminate Groundwater?
Millions of gallons of fracking fluid are used for each well. Less than half of the fluids used in fracking are recovered and recycled. The rest of the fluid remains in the well and may eventually leach hazardous chemicals into underground aquifers and groundwater. Studies are being conducted to determine the long-term health effects of the chemicals used in fracking on the nearby communities, homes and families. While many studies remain inconclusive, the types of chemicals used in fracking point to dangers down the road.
Risks To Workers
In addition to the hazards in the community, workers at the drill are also at serious risk of chemical exposure. OSHA recently released a hazard alert for workers in the fracking industry. Exposure to respirable crystalline silica, found in the sand used in fracturing, could lead to silicosis or lung disease.
Additionally, drillers, roughnecks and other workers on the drill site can suffer serious injuries as a result of explosions, blowouts and chemical spills. Chemical exposure can lead to a wide range of injuries, from cancer to brain damage. If you or a loved one was exposed on the job, we can help you through the workers’ compensation process.
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Contact Our Fracking Contamination Attorneys
The use of fracking in the drilling industry is continually expanding and the full impact of this process is yet to be seen. Our lawyers stay up-to-date with the recent litigation and studies surrounding fracking. We can help you understand your options, and pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our law firm for more information about your personal injury or workers’ comp claim. We have offices in Charleston, Logan and Summersville for your convenience.