Used commercially since 1949, a technique known as hydraulic fracturing— or hydrofracking— has been utilized to create cracks in undeground rocks for mining, waste disposal, groundwater well stimulation and other uses, many of which are highly controversial because of the damage they can do to the environment.
Approximately one million wells have been fracked since the 1940s and recent drilling within these wells has produced gas that was still stuck in the original shale. While companies advocate hydrrofracking for their business, there are serious environmental consequences which opponents of the technique point to time and again.
Were you or a loved one affected by the fracking in your area? The local effects of hydrofracturing can cause serious illness and death, and the law firm of Simien & Simien believes that the victims of environmental damages deserve to have an ally who will fight for their rights. We will always fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation due to our clients and because we work on a contingency fee basis, you pay us nothing unless we win your case.
To find out how we can help with your fracking lawsuit, simply fill out the “Free Case Evaluation” form located on the right side of the page, at the top. There is no obligation to proceed and the details of your case are strictly confidential— it is 100% FREE.
As a means of recovering different types of fluids from deep within porous sandstone and limestone rock, fracking is a controversial method to say the least. Oil and gas wells are the main targets of fluid extraction and the chemicals that are used in the process are the main point of contention for those who live in areas where fracking is used.
Other common reasons companies will utilize hydraulic fracturing include:
- Groundwater well stimulation
- In mining, to encourage rock caving
- Enhancing waste remediation for hydrocarbon spills or waste
- Waste disposal into formations of rock
- Measuring the stress in the Earth
- Heat extraction for electricity production
Once the cracks that are produced by the fluid are created, a mixture of sand and chemicals is poured into the cracks to keep them open and to encourage splitting. The chemical waste is left in the rock to potentially poison the environment and those who live in the area, as many aspects of the local environment can be affected.
Damages Associated with Hydraulic Fracking
Fracking has become a highly polarizing topic on a national scale, but especially in the areas of the country where hydrofracking is actually performed. Proponents point to the ability to access once-lost hydrocarbon resources, but those who have been sickened by its side effects would not agree.
Some of the most harmful damages linked to hydraulic fracking include:
- Corruption of air quality
- Groundwater contamination
- Noise pollution
- Migration of chemicals to rock surface
- Depletion of fresh water
- Permanent environmental damages
- …and many others.
The Environmental Protection Agency has received a large number of fracking lawsuits and complaints. Louisiana has a large number of hydraulic fracturing operations, putting residents as increased risk. If you were harmed, sickened, or if a loved one died as a result of their injuries from fracking, contact an experienced litigator with knowledge of environmental damage law. You could be entitled to compensation because of your pain and anguish.
Louisiana Hydrofracking Lawyers
The entire legal team at Simien & Simien wants to stand up against the large fracking companies and fight for your rights. We could help you get the compensation you need and deserve and to bring the responsible parties to justice for your injuries.
Our firm has attorneys that are licensed in Louisiana and Texas to provide person injury services in those states. The firm, with appropriate local counsel, also provides representation in other states as well. Some of the places in which our firm has represented clients in Louisiana include:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
- Port Allen
- All Other Areas throughout Louisiana
.... and all other areas throughout East Texas.
To find out how we could help you, simply fill out the 100% FREE and strictly confidential “Case Evaluation” form at the top of the page or call us Toll Free at (800) 374-8422. We have intake staff ready to take your call and after some brief, initial questions about the nature of your inquiry, you will be quickly connected to one of our highly skilled attorneys.