Causes of Oilfield Contamination
According to the Energy Information Administration, the United States oil production has topped seven million barrels per day for the first time since March, 1993 which is almost 20 percent greater than the amount produced at this time last year.
Of course, with more oil production the risk for environmental disasters is also increased. When oil has been spilled it essentially coats everything it touches. This causes extreme damages to plants, wetlands, and the wildlife that comes in contact with it, not to mention human cleanup crews.
The oilfield contamination lawyers at Simien & Simien believe that if you or a loved one has suffered from oilfield contamination, the victim could be entitled to compensation for their losses and damages including; property damages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and funeral expenses.
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Common Causes Oilfield Pollution
When both large and small drilling rigs are used to pull oil out of the earth, it causes many concerns to the surrounding environment, especially when an oil spill occurs. As an example, the Deepwater Horizon caused nearly 210 million gallons of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico. Of course, there was a reason for this oil spill.
Some causes of oilfield waste include:
- Chemical leaks during drilling
- Contaminated rust or scale from piping and equipment
- Failure to line oilfield pits and holding ponds
- Improper oilfield waste dumping
- Leaking pipelines
- Oil spills
As a result of oilfield wastes, the surrounding environment is highly effected by pollution. This pollution can take a toll on the wildlife, along with people and businesses in the surrounding areas.
Oilfield Waste Types and Amounts
The United States Environmental Protection Agency stated that every year, there is around 150,000 cubic meters of waste produced by the petroleum industry. This waste can include scales, sludge’s, produced water, and contaminated equipment. Of course, the amount of waste produced in each oilfield depends directly on a number of factors.
Some common factors include:
- Age of the production well
- Formation conditions
- Geological location
- Type of production operation
It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of the domestic oil and gas wells produce some technologically-enacted, naturally-occurring radioactive materials. Surveys on the production wells in 13 U.S. states reported high concentrations of radionuclides in wells ranging from 90 percent in Mississippi to zero or very few in Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Furthermore, 20 to 100 percent of all facilities in every state reported some type of TENORM in heaters and/or treaters.
Pollution Caused By Oilfield Waste
Throughout the state of Louisiana, members of our community are constantly reporting contaminated water wells, emissions coming from drilling sites, well heads, compressors, and pipelines, upon others. Some common concerns arise in the categories of water pollution, air pollution, and soil pollution which include:
- Air contaminants are released throughout the entire oil development process.
- Contaminants that enter the soil may effect groundwater or be released into the air.
- Injecting known toxic chemicals into or close to drinking supplies through hydraulic fracturing.
- Oil waste products may contain petroleum hydrocarbons, metals, radioactive materials, toxic chemicals and salts which could potentially cause soil pollution and prevent the growth of vegetation.
- Storage or drilling wastes in pits may contaminate the groundwater and the water’s surface.
- Water produced from drilling often contains high concentrations of salt and contaminants; these are often stored in pits and disposed into evaporation ponds. When spills in these ponds occur it can kill vegetation and sterilize soil.
- Water runoff during construction may introduce sediment and toxic chemicals to nearby rivers and streams.
If you believe you have been affected by oilfield waste, our attorneys welcome you to contact our firm with any questions or concerns.
Contact an Experienced Louisiana Oilfield Contamination Lawyer Today
Statistics provided by the International Energy Agency project that using non-conventional drilling techniques in areas of Louisiana, Texas, and North Dakota have created an explosion in U.S. oil production to a point where we are expected to surpass Saudi Arabia in crude oil production by 2020.
With the expected growth of oil fields throughout the United States, we must be aware of our legal rights and be prepared to seek justice against any harm caused by these negligent individuals and entities.
At Simien & Simien, our attorneys have great sympathy for the people affected by oilfield contamination's and will work relentlessly to assist these individuals in seeking the MAXIMUM compensation benefits and justice they truly deserve.
Based in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, Louisiana our attorneys are able to serve the entire state and elsewhere.
Some of the local areas we serve include:
Of course, our attorneys provide services to individuals and entities throughout cities, towns, and suburb s of the surrounding areas. If you would like to learn more about our law firm, or believe you may have an oilfield contamination case, we invite you to contact us today at (800) 374-8422. Here, we have staff members ready to take your call and collect information about your situation, then pass your information to an attorney prepared to handle your specific case.
Begin now by completing the “Free Case Evaluation” form on this page. It’s completely free and confidential to our law firm.