The Dangerous Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing
Fracking has become a popular way to extract minerals from the land. Although hydraulic fracturing can produce more than 300,000 barrels of natural gas a day, it can also lead to numerous environmental, health and workplace hazards.
It is estimated that since the late 1940s, when the process of fracking began, more than one million wells have been fracked.
Have or someone you know been negatively affected by fracking in your area? Has your land been damaged due to this process? At the law firm of Simien & Simien, we believe that oil and gas drilling companies who have put property owners and local residents at risk need to be held accountable for their actions.
Contact us at (800) 374-8422 or fill out the contact form to your right to schedule a free legal consultation.
Dangers of Hydraulic Fracking
The use of fracking has resulted in lawsuits as well as complaints to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is still in the process of conducting studies to better understand the impacts of hydraulic fracturing.
At the fracturing site, approximately 40,000 chemicals are used per fracturing. The fracking fluid used consists of about 600 chemicals, including:
- Hydrochloric Acid
Although there are some damages associated with hydraulic fracking such as groundwater contamination and migration of chemicals to rock surface, some other dangers of fracking not so widely publicized include:
- Pollution from chemical-transportation trucks and storage tanks
- Exposure to toxic fumes
- Workplace accidents
- Fluid leaks
- Seismic activity
Methane concentrations are reportedly higher in drinking water wells near fracturing sites than in normal wells. According to a study by a professor of Global Environmental Change at Duke University, methane levels are about 17 times higher in wells that are approximately 1,000 feet from a natural gas drilling site.
Additionally, there have been more than 1,000 cases of water contamination near gas wells and drilling areas as well as some cases of illness.
Hydraulic Fracturing & Earthquakes
The relationship between fracking and earthquakes has yet to be finalized. In 2011, a study of seismic activity in Oklahoma concluded that it was not possible to say with certainty that the earthquakes in the area were triggered by natural means or due to fracking. However, the study did note that the events examined only included small earthquakes ranging in magnitude of 1.0 to 2.8.
Between January and June 2014, Oklahoma had reported more than 230 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or higher. Prior to 2008, the state on average reported only one earthquake of such magnitude per year. Scientists are continuing to study the growing number of earthquakes in an effort to link the activity to hydrofracking.
In 2014, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources was able to link fracking to earthquakes in the Poland Township. After such a link was found, the department announced stricter rules for oil and gas exploration where seismic activity had occurred.
Contact our Hydraulic Fracturing Lawyers Today
At Simien & Simien we understand how hydrofracking can impact families, communities and the environment. We are committed to fighting for the rights of those who have been wronged by an oil or gas company. If your property has been damaged or your health was put at risk due to hydraulic fracturing, you deserve to be compensated.
We have attorneys licensed in Texas and Louisiana. Additionally, with appropriate counsel, we can provide representation to other states as well.
Some areas in Louisiana and Texas where we have represented clients include:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
.... and all other areas throughout East Texas.
To learn more about your legal rights, schedule a free legal consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.