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!
The 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.