Water Contamination Injuries Due to Barnett Shale Drilling
The North Texas Barnett Shale underlies 19 counties in Texas. More than 14,500 gas wells have been drilled in that area of North Texas — and thousands of other wells have been drilled over shale formations in other states. Regrettably, many property owners who reside near Barnett Shale drilling sites are experiencing property damage and health concerns related to water contamination, drilling accidents and other factors related to the drilling in the Barnett Shale.
Experienced Drilling Contamination Attorneys Serving All of North Texas
Since 1973, the Turley Law Firm has been dedicated to helping people who have suffered injury or loss of a loved one due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another. Our personal injury attorneys are actively investigating and filing North Texas Barnett Shale drilling cases. We are working diligently to expose the wrongdoing of drilling companies and others who are responsible for the injuries, health disorders and hardships suffered by clients who were exposed to contaminated water.
Drilling for natural gas in the Barnett Shale involves a hydro-fracturing process where water, sand and various chemicals are injected into the Barnett Shale rock formations that are thousands of feet beneath the surface. However, this process can put individuals and the environment at risk of water contamination and other drilling contamination concerns. Among the many factors in these Barnett Shale drilling contamination claims, our lawyers and legal team thoroughly investigate issues such as:
- Defective gas pipes that break and cause groundwater contamination
- Negligent hydraulic fracking
- Improper drilling or drilling mistakes
- Improper disposal of toxic wastewater
- Inadequate treatment of toxic wastewater
- Improper casing or inadequate cementing of casing
Have You or a Loved One Been Affected by Barnett Shale Water Contamination?
While shale drillers and petroleum companies are not required by the EPA to disclose the chemicals used in the hydro-fracking process — and so far have revealed little regarding the chemicals used — various chemicals have been deemed likely by analysts to be used in the hydro-fracking process such as: benzene, glycol-ethers, toluene, ethanol and nonylphenols. High level exposure to these chemicals can lead to serious illnesses and health problems such as:
- Excessive bleeding
- Upper respiratory tract irritation
- Birth defects to children of pregnant women who were exposed
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Cancer (including leukemia and other forms of cancer)
- Fatal illnesses or conditions
- Many other serious or fatal health complications
Improper drilling and fracking and negligent fracking, improper disposal of contaminated water and many other factors may cause individuals near Barnett Shale drilling sites to suffer such illnesses or damage to their groundwater.
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Have you noticed a foul smell in your tap water? Have you or a family member sustained burn injuries due to flammable tap water? Have you or a family member suffered unexplainable illness or health disorders? You may have a claim involving Barnett Shale gas drilling. Contact our personal injury law firm for a free consultation and full case evaluation. All our cases are handled on a contingency fee, which means you do not owe us any fee or other costs unless we make a recovery for you.