Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a method of extracting natural gas from beneath the earth’s surface. Fracking refers to high-pressure injections of water, chemicals and sand to fracture rock formations so that natural gas can escape and be collected. Although hydraulic fracturing has been used effectively by drilling companies to capture natural gas, environmentalists are now claiming this process might be very dangerous. Environmentalists now fear the chemicals from fracking are contaminating underground water supplies and increasing health risks.
HYDRAULIC FRACTURING & WATER CONTAMINATION
In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tied contamination in drinking water to hydraulic fracturing. A controversial issue regarding fracking is the use of chemical compounds that are rarely disclosed during inspections. However, through research, it has been found that diesel fuel is a component of the fracking mixture. Unfortunately, diesel fuel has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and other health risks. The fear is that the chemicals from the fracking process are left behind and run off into underground water supplies.
SIGNS OF WATER CONTAMINATION INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Cloudy water
- Smell of diesel fuel or petroleum
- Black or gray sediment in the water
- Particles floating in the water
- Rashes and skin irritation from showering
Along with an increased risk of cancer, diesel fuel has been linked to other health risks.
THESE HEALTH RISKS INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Acute myelogenous leukemia
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Respiratory disease
- Skin rashes
If you believe that you’ve been harmed by contaminated water, please don’t hesitate to contact Fulmer Sill for a free consultation on your potential entitlement to compensation.
LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR HYDRAULIC FRACTURING LAWSUIT
The damages that can result from water contamination can be both physically and emotionally daunting. When you have your future on the line, you cannot afford to put your trust in inexperienced legal counsel. Instead, you need to seek the guidance of attorneys who have extensive experience and resources to either reach a favorable settlement or win your case at trial. We have done both on behalf of our clients on numerous occasions. At Fulmer Sill, we are proud to deliver high-quality assistance to all of our clients. Should you choose to seek our legal representation, we are confident that our experience and knowledge will produce a favorable outcome for you.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of water contamination from hydraulic fracturing, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us.