There are more product liability lawsuits filed against prescription drug manufacturers than against all other industries combined. Under strict product liability laws, drug manufacturers may be held liable for ANY serious injuries or deaths caused by their products regardless of the care they took to prevent defects.

Hazardous waste presents serious problems not only to humans but to the environment as well. Environmental law matters are particularly complex, not only due to the maze of federal, state and local laws involved but also because these laws are often highly technical in nature.

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Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)


 
Fracking liability attorney 

There are several environmental and health concerns related to natural gas drilling. The chemicals used in fracking may include benzene or lead, both of which are known to cause serious health problems and even death.

Hydraulic Fracturing, or "Fracking", is a process in which water mixed with sand and a cocktail of chemicals is injected at high pressure into rock formations thousands of feet below the surface. This opens existing fractures in the rock and allows gas to rise from the wells.

Unfortunately, many communities in the areas where hydraulic fracturing is being utilized rely on aquifers -underground layers of permeable rock, sand or gravel which hold water- for their water supplies. Recent evidence shows that fracking chemicals are permeating these aquifers, and in some cases they are also being saturated with highly flammable methane gas.

The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempted hydraulic fracturing from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act; as a result, shale gas drillers don't have to disclose the mix of chemicals they use in drilling. However, despite attempts to keep the composition of their fracking fluids secret, a recent study conducted by Theo Colburn, PhD, the director of the Endocrine Disruption Exchange in Paonia, Colorado, has identified 65 probable components of the injection fluids used by shale gas drillers.

These chemicals include benzene, glycol-ethers, toluene, 2-(2-methoxyethoxy) ethanol, and nonylphenols. All of these chemicals have been linked to health disorders when human exposure is too high.


Due to the serious and widespread concerns over Dioxin Poisoning we have developed a separate website to deal specifically with these cases. For more information please visit dioxinattorney.com


 

In 2009, fifteen families in Dimock, Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit against Cabot Oil & Gas, who had drilled dozens of natural gas wells in Dimock. Problems with the cement casings on 20 of those wells caused contamination of local water wells, driving down property values and causing sickness. In some cases, methane levels in some Dimock water wells are so high that homeowners could set water aflame as it flowed from the tap. On January 1, 2009, one Dimock resident's water well actually exploded in a methane blast which tossed aside a concrete slab weighing several thousand pounds.
In April 2010, state environmental regulators fined Cabot $240,000 and ordered it to permanently shut three wells and install water-treatment systems in 14 homes within 30 days or face a $30,000 a month fine. The company has wracked up more than 130 drilling violations at its Dimock wells, but insists the methane migration in Dimock water wells is naturally occurring.

The Texas Barnett shale region is another area where fracking is booming. In August 2010, an air sampling taken from the Texas town of Dish "...confirmed the presence in high concentrations of carcinogenic and neurotoxin compounds in ambient air near and/or on residential properties." In June 2010, tests by the Texas Railroad Commission showed arsenic, barium, chromium, lead and selenium in a residential water well in Dish. The tainted water turned up at a home in Dish shortly after a nearby gas well was drilled.
Results of air testing by the commission released the same month detected exceptionally high benzene concentrations within about 1,000 feet from people's homes.

Earlier this decade, the Canadian drilling company EnCana began ramping up development in Wyoming's Pavillion/Muddy Ridge gas fields. In the summer of 2010, the majority of Pavillion residents who participated in a health survey reported having respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, itchy skin, dizziness and other ailments. Many residents also reported that their well water was tainted by fracking: various ailments that residents reported are associated with contaminants that the EPA has identified in Pavillion well water

More than 1,000 cases of water contamination near fracking operations have been documented across the U.S. Cancer, neurological disorders and other serious health problems may be linked to contaminated water and air pollutants. At the request of Congress, the EPA is currently conducting a study to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources. The scope of the research includes the full lifespan of water in hydraulic fracturing.

Environmental law matters are particularly complex, not only due to the maze of federal, state and local laws involved but also because these laws are often highly technical in nature. Proving that a company is responsible for water contamination, improper waste disposal or some other act that has caused your illness requires solid evidence.

Though the government has a considerable amount of resources to apply to the reduction of pollution and protection of human health through the enforcement of environmental laws, there are situations where the wronged need legal help from an attorney. Seeking the guidance and representation of an environmental litigation lawyer may be the only way to seek justice and financial compensation for environmental law violations that have harmed a private citizen.

Hiring an attorney who practices personal injury law on a regular basis can ensure that your rights are protected.

Brent M. Cordell practices exclusively in the area of personal injury law. His number one focus is helping people with severe injuries get the legal representation they desire. Throughout his career, Mr. Cordell has helped thousands of injured people; if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product or by the prescription use of a dangerous drug Brent Cordell can help you get the just compensation you deserve.

 
If you live near a fracking operation and have experienced any type of property damage or adverse health effects, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the drilling company. It is important that you seek advice from a legal professional; Brent M. Cordell is committed to representing property owners and communities who have experienced health problems or property damage related to environmental law violations. In addition to stopping continued contamination of the air and water in the area, you may be able to recover financial compensation for the injuries or property damage you have experienced.
 

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