Lawsuit for Contaminated Water Caused by Fracking
Pennsylvania Attorneys Calcagno & Associates Represent Homeowners Who Suffer from Contaminated Water due to Fracking
Hydraulic fracture drilling (often called “fracking”) in Pennsylvania was once an acceptable way to extract natural gas, but it has been reported that fracking is linked to a wide range of environmental problems, such as air pollution, water shortages and even explosions. But perhaps the biggest issue caused by this form of drilling are the health risks associated with exposure to chemicals from the drilling such as diesel particulate matter, hydrogen sulfide and volatile hydrocarbons which can lead to a number of health problems including heart attacks, cancer, damaging effects on the immune and reproductive systems, as well as damaging effects on fetal and child development. Oil and gas companies are now facing lawsuits for air pollution, water contamination, and a number of class-action lawsuits for the effects of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake and the damages that followed. These companies have been accused of exercising reckless disregard for public and private safety, property damage, reduced property values and emotional distress resulting from fracking.
The Law Offices of Calcagno & Associates is currently accepting fracking cases in all of Pennsylvania. Therefore, if you or someone you know has air or water contamination and health problems associated with fracking, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case evaluation. We may be able to file a mass tort claim and get you the compensation that you deserve.
What Is Fracking?
Fracking is shorthand for hydraulic fracturing, a type of drilling that has been used commercially for 65 years. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. But the fracking process carries several risks. The use of toxic chemicals has caused people to suffer with water, soil and air contamination as well as other property damage. In addition, people have become ill or injured from exposure to fracking sites and fracking equipment.
Types of Hydraulic Fracking Problems
Apart from toxic chemical exposure, fracking can cause gas to migrate onto or into people’s property, sometimes causing illness or explosions. Fracking can result in a number of serious health risks.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) lists some common but dangerous substances found in groundwater and well water due to fracking, including:
- Rocket fuel
- Disease-carrying parasites
- And other harmful contaminants, like nitrate
Other illnesses and conditions that have been linked to fracking include:
- Sore throats
- High blood pressure
- Heart attacks
- Gastrointestinal illnesses
- Thyroid disorders
- Birth defects
- Neurological damage
- Damaging effects on the immune and reproductive systems
- And damaging effects on fetal and child development
Common environmental problems that can be caused by fracking include the following:
- Induced seismicity
- Poisoned drinking water
- Toxic sludge & waste
- Polluted air
- Mysterious animal deaths
- Industrial disasters
- Waste disposal issues
If your life has been severely impacted due to fracking in Pennsylvania, you will need a reliable attorney to guide you through negotiating or litigating for a resolution. At The Law Offices of Calcagno & Associates, our attorneys can represent you effectively! Contact us today for your free consultation.
Protect Your Rights by Retaining The Law Offices of Calcagno & Associates
If you think your water is contaminated due to the negligence of another, you may want to seek legal help to file a water contamination lawsuit against the responsible parties to help with medical expenses and lost income. It is clear that fracking has a huge impact on the environment as well as the people within the area, and there are serious side effects and safety concerns associated with the process. If you or a loved one has suffered similar damages or injuries due to fracking, please contact Calcagno & Associates today so that we may evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation.