Hydraulic Fracking Health Concerns
The process of pumping millions of gallons of water, sand and chemical underground to break apart rock and release natural gas is called hydraulic fracking or fracturing. Currently, this practice is used in about 90 percent of the nations natural gas and oil wells.
Scientists and health officials worry that the chemicals used while fracking may pose a threat either underground or when waste fluids are handled and spilled on the surface, leading to adverse health consequences.
At the moment, hydraulic fracturing is exempt from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Our hydraulic fracking lawyers urge you to contact us as soon as possible if your health has been affected by fracturing.
Toxic Chemicals Used in the Fracking Process
In addition to large volumes of water and sand, a variety of toxic chemicals are used in hydraulic fracking fluids. While only 0.5 to 2 percent of the total volume of fracking fluid is made up of these chemicals, only a small amount of toxins can contaminate the water enough where it can affect the whole operation.
As part of New York States Draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SCEIS) related to Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing in the Marcellus Shale, the Department of Environmental Conservation compiled a list of chemicals and additives used during the hydraulic fracturing process, including the following:
- Hydrochloric Acid
- Sodium or Potassium Carbonate
- Ammonium Bisulfate
- Potassium Hydroxide
- Borate Salts
- Sodium acrylate-acrylamide copolymer
- Petroleum Distillates
- Ammonium Chloride
- Ethylene Glycol
- Various Acromatic Hydrocarbons
Health Concerns from Hydraulic Fracking
Many of these fluid chemicals are known to be toxic to humans and wildlife and many have been known to cause cancer.
Human exposure to fracking chemicals can occur by ingesting the chemicals that have entered drinking water sources, direct skin contact with the actual chemicals or fluid waste, or by breathing in vapors from flow back wastes stored in pits or tanks.
There are 12 categories of health effects related to hydraulic fracking chemicals:
- Eye and sensory organ
- Gastrointestinal and liver
- Brain and nervous system
- Cardiovascular and blood
- Endocrine disruption
- Ecological effects
If there has been hydraulic fracturing near your home and you suffered from any of these health effects, we urge you to seek medical attention right away. Then, contact our attorneys to see how we may be able to fight for justice for your condition.
Contact an Experienced Hydraulic Fracturing Lawyer
If you and your family have become victims of hydraulic fracturing, you are not alone. Fracking is destroying the environment as well as threatening the health of thousands of people.
At The Edwards Law Firm, our lawyers have the knowledge and expertise necessary to gather all the evidence related to your claim in order to present the strongest case possible in a court of law. We want to help you recover the maximum compensation that you may be allowed under law to compensate you for your condition.
If you are unsure if you have cause to file a claim, please dont hesitate to contact us to schedule a free, initial consultation. During a consultation, we will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse.
Our personal injury law firm operates on a contingency fee basis. If we do not obtain a favorable outcome for your claim, whether through a settlement with other parties involved or by a jury verdict, you do not owe us anything.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available hydraulic fracking victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.