Fracking Accidents and Legislation
If you, a friend, or family member is interested in more information concerning a fracking accident or legislation case, contact Horowitz & Logue at (724) 288-9750 in order to talk to one of our experienced and dedicated injury lawyers.
Fracking has become a buzz word in Pennsylvania as of late and there are some concerns regarding the practice. Utilizing highly pressurized liquid (often water), they can more easily release the fuels hidden in the rock. Some are concerned as to how this may affect their own water supply and what types of diseases may come out of their water being possibly “tainted.” There are also concerns of whether property values may dwindle due to using up the land in that area. These are not the only concerns involved with fracking. Due to the nature of the fossil fuels that are being harvested, there are fears that the chemicals and gases being released in the process of fracking may be harmful to those in the surrounding areas. Pollution of local watersheds and tables is also a major concern of those who stand against the practice. There have been cases where entire lakes or ponds have been polluted due to a leak from a fracking site or an accidental release of the water being used in the process.
There are also situations in which accidents can occur and these underground “reservoirs” can be released whether due to an oversight, malfunction of equipment, or incorrect planning. Because of the rise in popularity of this practice along with the many concerns that go along with it, fracking law has become increasingly necessary, and having an attorney who understands fracking law specifically is imperative when filing a case.
Because of the boom in the fracking industry, especially here in Pennsylvania, there have been new laws proposed and passed quite frequently. As an everyday citizen, it is hard to keep up with all of the changing laws and requirements on your own. Having an attorney who knows fracking law and makes it their duty to keep up with the newly formed laws can make the process of filing a claim much easier. Originally, the federal government passed laws that made it so that natural gas companies and oil companies would not have to release certain information to the public. Released in 2005 this legislation is referred to as the “Halliburton Loophole.” Due to the passing of this act, local governments have begun passing acts themselves to help protect their constituents from being harmed in the process. There are bills in progress now that would require these companies to release information about the levels of pollution they are releasing as well as forcing them to comply with clean water regulations while fracking.
There are serious and concerning dangers that can be involved with the process of fracking, and because we do not know all of the details, we cannot be sure what all we are being exposed to. In any case that you feel that you or someone you know is a victim to the practices listed above, contact Horowitz & Logue at (724) 288-9750 so that we can help walk you through the process and make sure that if you have a claim it is filed and defended to the best of our abilities. Our knowledgeable and dedicated attorneys are ready to help get justice for you.