Water Pollution Fracking
Oil & Gas Accident Lawyer in West Virginia
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydrofracking or fracking, has become
a significant problem for landowners in West Virginia and is one of the
many negative consequences of increased drilling in the Marcellus shale.
It involves forcing millions of gallons of water or other fluids at extremely
high pressures into a wellbore, with the purpose of fracturing the rock
to allow oil or gas to seep out for extraction. It is widely believed
to cause groundwater contamination and air pollution, and has even been
associated with earthquakes in areas which are not prone to seismologic activity.
Drilling companies use this technique as a method of stimulating a well
which has become less productive, and they are generally eager to defend
against legal threats to the viability of the operation. The majority
of oil and gas companies have voiced strong opposition to the idea that
fracking causes environmental problems, but there is a growing body of
evidence to support claims to the opposite.
Call the firm if you are a victim of fracking water pollution!
Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC has extensive knowledge of the drilling industry, including the effect
of fracking on the lessor's property. One of the lawyers from the
firm can meet with you to discuss your legal options. They are experienced
trial lawyers, and have recovered several hundred million dollars over
the past three decades in
verdicts and settlements for its clients. If you have experienced drinking water contamination,
an attorney from the firm can investigate to discover whether drill sites
near you have recently undergone hydrofracking. Such pollution poses a
serious threat to your family's health, and you have a right to take
legal action to recover compensation if you have been harmed.
Water contamination caused by fracking typically manifests as grey, cloudy
water with an oily residue or foul smell, but in some cases it has been
reported as black and flammable. If you feel ill after drinking, or experience
a burning sensation in the mouth or lungs, you can suspect that there
are toxic substances in the water capable of causing poisoning. Other
signs to watch for are rashes and sores or blisters.
Do not hesitate to
contact the firm to discover whether you have grounds for legal action over hydrofracking.
A West Virginia personal injury attorney can evaluate the situation and
help you begin work on a strategy to pursue damages.