March 9th, 2015|
Fracking—or hydraulic fracturing— is a method of drilling for natural gas and oil buried deep under the Earth’s surface that utilizes pumping a slurry of water and chemicals into the ground in order to break up the soil and free small pockets of fossil fuels; however, the California environmental injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers point out the practice can be extremely costly—both financially and environmentally.
A report from NBC Bay Area News discusses these risks in detail. Environmental disasters such as earthquakes and sinkholes, along with water and air pollution, have all been linked to the process of hydraulic fracturing.
The state of California has attempted to regulate the practice by requiring wastewater from fracking operations to be tested for safety. Unfortunately, by the time these tests are conducted, the damage to the Earth and residents living near the operation has already been done. In fact, many tests have showed elevated Benzene levels in fracking wastewater samples, which can lead to cancer and other health problems.
If you believe your health or land has been affected by a fracking operation, it’s important to know you have legal rights that need to be protected. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California personal injury lawyers are here to help clarify these rights to you and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to us anytime at (800) 400-BERG.