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Fracking - Environmental Law

Morgan & Paul, PLLC Will Protect Your Rights Against the Gas Companies for Toxic Exposure and Property Damage Due to Drilling in the Marcellus and Haynesville Shale.

Energy companies are drilling for natural gas which is now known to cause medical and environmental damage. During the drilling process, the companies are injecting toxic fluids into cracks in the earth, a process identified as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." Gas Companies figured out that fracking can be used to release the natural gas by drilling and injecting a liquid chemical mixture at very high pressure into the earth.  As a result, rocks below the earth erupt, allowing additional gas to be diverted to the surface. This rupture of the earth caused by the fracking fluids is polluting the water supply in our communities. This pollution can cause serious medical conditions from contaminated water and property damage.

Gas Companies have been fracking in a number of states, including Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Ohio, Texas, Louisiana, Colorado and Wyoming.  Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a number of environmental groups are concerned about the consequences of natural resource mining associated with fracking, the potential for environmental pollution and property damage, and the risk that the chemicals used in the process may pose serious health risks.

According to a report prepared by the EPA, the use of chemicals such as petroleum distillate and diesel (which contains a combination of chemicals known as “BTEX” (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) have all been linked to a number of serious health problems including central nervous system disorders and chronic health problems including symptoms of fatigue, nausea and memory loss.

Environmental tort liability can fall under both federal and state laws including nuisance, trespass, negligence, strict liability, restitution and waste. Compensation may be available for property damage, bodily injury, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of profits, punitive and injunctive relief.

If you live near an area where there has been fracking, and you have been diagnosed with a disease, such as leukemia, please contact our offices in Pennsylvania or Texas for an initial consultation about your rights.

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