February 9th, 2015| The mining of oil and natural gas plays a major role in California’s economy considering our state is the third largest oil producer in our nation; however, some of the practices that are used to gain access to these fossil fuels have stirred quite a controversy. Fracking is a drilling method that requires a slurry of water, sand, and chemicals be injected deep into the Earth. This allows for easier extrication of oil or natural gas. While effective, fracking also raises serious environmental and safety concerns. Some studies have shown fracking can contaminate water and soil. Exposure to these contaminants has also been linked to cases of citizens suffering a California environmental injury. Some Californiaians are working to bring an end to fracking in our state. An article from NBC Bay Area News says thousands of protestors recently gathered in the streets of Oakland in an effort to bring awareness to the risks fracking poses to the environment and California’s citizens. Despite these protests, the governor’s office contends there is no solid evidence that shows fracking is dangerous to the environment. At Berg Injury Lawyers, we applaud those who are standing up against fracking in California. Our California personal injury lawyers would also encourage anyone who has been harmed as the result of this practice to speak with an attorney regarding your legal rights as soon as possible.