Hydraulic Fracturing: Water Contamination
Hydraulic fracturing is the process where water is mixed with sand and chemicals to create a mixture that can be injected into the earth’s surface with extreme pressure to create small fractures. While this has created a huge boom in oil and natural gas across the United States, over the past ten years, and generated billions of dollars for companies, it is resulting in many cases of water contamination.
At Simien & Simien, our environmental damage lawyers have tremendous sympathy for those suffering from contaminated water as a result of hydrofracking, and offer our assistance to anyone suffering from related illnesses, or injuries. Our firm is prepared to fight for your rights and seek the maximum compensation you deserve for all losses and damages.
To learn more, we welcome you to call (800) 374-8422, or complete the Free Case Evaluation form to the right.
Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing
There are dozens of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, some of which may enter our water supplies as a result. Many cases of water contamination affect those individuals drinking well-water near fracturing sites, as the water, sand, and chemical mixture used in fracturing slowly raises back to the earth’s surface, and into our drinking water.
Some chemicals used in hydro fracking include:
- Hydrochloric Acid
- Quaternary Ammonium Chloride
- Ammonium Persulfate
- Calcium Chloride
- Formic Acid
- Ethylene Glycol
- Guar Gum
- Acetic Acid
Effects of Contaminated Water
According to the Committee on Energy and Commerce U.S. House of Representatives, out of the 2,500 hydraulic fracturing products, over 650 contain known carcinogens regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, or being listed as hazardous air pollutants. Furthermore, there were several studies performed on chemicals used during fracking which demonstrated that these chemicals could cause major damage to humans and animals.
Some areas of the body which may be affected by contaminated water include:
- Cardiovascular system
- Immune system
- Kidney system
- Nervous system
- Sensory organs
Hydraulic fracturing may also have both short and long term side effects on humans, therefore it is advised to seek medical attention if you have contacted or consumed any known contaminated fluids near a fracking site.
Contact Our Environmental Damage Lawyers Today
There are several hydraulic fracturing sites across the state of Louisiana, while some of which may have a tremendous impact on our environment, and our water supplies. The attorneys at Simien & Simien have great sympathy for all victims of fracking, and believe that if you or a loved one has been injured, the victim may be able recover for any losses and damages.
Our firm has attorneys that are licensed in Louisiana to provide person injury services. 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.
Serving Louisiana, our attorneys are proud to offer Free Case Evaluations by completing the form at the top of this page, or simply by calling our firm at (800) 374-8422 today. Here, our intake staff will ask some initial questions, then connect you with an attorney ready to take your specific case.