Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock layers deep within the earth. While fracking can occur naturally, modern fracking, referred to as horizontal slickwater fracking, began in 1998, when engineers discovered a method to inject highly pressurized fracking fluid into rock, to increase extraction rates and ultimately, more expedient and cost-effective recovery of natural gas. Fracking presents real risks to communities, including contamination of ground water and air quality, migration of gases and chemicals to the ground surface, and surface contamination from spills and flowback. Workers in the field are exposed to contaminated dust that can cause silicosis, which is chronic and slow to develop. Symptoms include shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue, rapid breathing, loss of appetite and weight loss, chest pain, fever, cracks in the nail bed, blue skin, heart disease, and respiratory disorders.
Deemed so dangerous, some countries have banned fracking completely. Unfortunately, in the United States, the practice is practiced widely and not regulated properly to ensure health and environmental safety. The science behind fracking is complex and requires expertise in environmental science and health issues. If you have worked in the fracking industry or live in a community in which fracking has occurred, then you need a lawyer by your side to fight to the big gas companies.
The Middleton Firm aggressively fights for its clients who have been exposed to the dangers of fracking, to recover damages for personal injury and property damage. Our lawyers understand the complex nature of these legal issues and the science connecting serious health and environmental impact with fracking and natural gas exposure. We have represented clients __[insert personal experience/success in this field]