Lawsuits against hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") companies are mounting according to a recent article published in Bloomberg. Fracking is a process by which water, sand, and chemicals are injected underground in order to free natural gas that is trapped there. According to the article, persons living close to active drilling wells have brought lawsuits asserting that fracking has caused contamination of their wells with methane gas and other toxic chemicals used in the fracking process. At least twenty-three such cases have been filed since August 2009 across the country.
The article explains that there is a lack of definitive proof that the contaminations were causally linked to the fracking, although many environmentalists and landowners consider the practice extremely dangerous and risky. Attorneys for the defendant fracking companies assert that the chemicals used do not reach or permeate into the groundwater, a position strongly contested by the affected landowners.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP is a law firm specializing in mass tort and environmental tort cases, having prosecuted several class actions on behalf of aggrieved persons across Upstate New York. If you or someone you care about has been harmed as a consequence of hydraulic fracturing, contact our firm for a free consultation.