It is estimated that worldwide there are more than 60,000 open oilfields with about half located in the United States. As one of Louisiana’s biggest industries, there are more than 100 oil and gas fields throughout the state. However, the Department of Natural Resources in Louisiana notes that there are more than 2,000 orphaned oil wells throughout the state.
When an oil well is considered orphaned it means that the operator on record is either unresponsive or financially unable to address or maintain the site. Although Louisiana created the Oilfield Restoration Program back in the early 1990s current funding permits that the program only address 46 sites each year.
A major issue with abandoned oil sites is that the failure to properly dispose of, and clean-up, the areas could lead to pollution, particularly of groundwater. If groundwater is polluted it could have an impact on wildlife, soil and crops, vegetation, and personal medical side-effects.
If you or a loved one has been experienced side-effects caused by oilfield contamination, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.
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As with most industries, oilfield employees face on-the-job hazards and unfortunately those who live in the area do as well and could be exposed to harmful chemicals and other pollutants.
Some types of issues that could lead to contamination include:
- Chemical Leaks
- Failure to Clean-up Oilfield Sites
- Leaking Pipelines
- Improperly Shutdown Wells
- Failing to Line Oilfield Pits and Ponds Properly
Loss of well integrity and loss of oil drilling could also lead to oilfield abandonment. At the end of a lease the operating company is supposed to shut down the well properly and restore the land to its original conditions, however, many times this is a task that is left undone.
Oilfield Contamination Side-Effects
Contamination can occur directly or indirectly. Oilfield workers and those trespassing on the land may come into contact with hazardous material and experience medical side-effects. However, if the ground water becomes contaminated it could lead to polluted crops, drinking water, and more.
There are numerous side-effects that have been noted due to oil contamination including:
Reproductive Health – Miscarriage, stillbirth, birth defects, and infertility have all been noted in cases such as those in Ecuador and Kuwait due to oil pollution.
Respiratory Problems – Persons may experience difficulty breathing or asthmatic symptoms due to the inhalation of oilfield fumes or other pollutants that contaminate the air.
Skin Conditions – Rashes and chemical burns could be caused by exposure to certain toxins.
Psychological Issues – Stress, anxiety, and depression may all be an adverse effect of contamination, particularly those who dealt with a disaster caused by the oilfield.
General side-effects include visual problems, gastrointestinal issues, and cancer. If the contamination was not direct an individual is more likely to suffer from internal issues than those that can be seen directly.
Contact our Baton Rouge Oilfield Contamination Lawyers
When an oilfield is created, it is up to the property owner to ensure the safety of those working within the area and the residents surrounding the area. When contamination transpires, those who caused the pollution should be held accountable for their actions.
At Simien & Simien we have effectively represented thousands of clients in numerous states around the country and have a tremendous amount of legal experience. We can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case and are a law firm you can trust to fight for what is right and just.
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- Alexandria, LA
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