When Hydraulic Fracturing Goes Awry, Victims Deserve Compensation
Hydraulic fracturing, also called "hydrofracking" or simply "fracking," is a common and effective technique for obtaining otherwise inaccessible pockets of natural gas in West Virginia. Vast amounts of water, sand and chemicals are typically forced into a well, fracturing the shale underground. The new breaks and cracks in the rock layers allow the natural gas to be extracted from the well.
As more companies use hydraulic fracturing, the potential for accidents increases. The incredible pressure and strong chemicals necessary to split rock can also result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities to workers — particularly if the company fails to abide by state and federal safety standards.
At Warner Law Offices in Charleston, West Virginia, our attorneys represent oil and gas workers throughout the state who have been injured due to:
- Water pump trucks, tanker trucks and other vehicles traveling to or from the well site
- Heavy machinery malfunctions or accidents
- Chemical burns from contact with fracking brine
- Pipe line or well explosions
- Other vertical or horizontal fracking accidents
Is Your Family In Danger From Contaminated Water?
In addition to the obvious dangers of working on a fracking site, individuals and families can be harmed by drinking or bathing in contaminated water. Many of the chemicals used in fracking operations are carcinogens (cancer-causing substances). If they leak into the water supply, families with rural wells are in danger.
According to the 2011 report from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, the 14 top fracking companies used more than 2,500 products containing 750 chemicals: "Some of the components used in the hydraulic fracturing products were common and generally harmless, such as salt and citric acid. Some were unexpected, such as instant coffee and walnut hulls. And some were extremely toxic, such as benzene and lead."
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Whether you were injured on a fracking site or harmed by the chemicals used, Warner Law Offices offers a free case evaluation. Send us an email or call 304-881-0641 or 866-617-0522 to learn how we can help today.