Fracking Contamination Lawyer reviewing fracking accidents, benzene-related cancer, silica dust exposure and injury lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs nationwide
Several toxic chemicals are used every day on fracking sites, though employees who work closely with the substances may not be entirely aware of the health risks the toxins present. Employers have a duty to warn workers of the risks and provide them with proper protective equipment and safety protocols. Fracking companies have failed in the past to take responsibility for unsafe workplaces, and employee cancer rates reflect their negligence.
Benzene, for example, is a common dangerous toxin used in the fracking process, known to cause cancer. Many recent studies link Benzene exposure to forms of cancer like Acute Myeloid Leukemia. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) now classifies Benzene as a top-priority human carcinogen.
Large quantities of silica sand are also used during hydraulic fracturing and are a serious health hazard to workers. Oil and gas companies continue to use toxins at worksites, despite studies that indicate the dangers.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Ohio Toxic Tort and fracking contamination lawyer, representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of fracking contamination lawsuits and workplace injury claims.
Frac Sand Exposure & Silicosis
Benzene and Silica are only two of the toxic substances found regularly on fracking sites. There are several others. The fracturing fluid injected into the ground at oil and gas sites may consist of dangerous chemical additives, gels, foams, and compressed gases.
A common fracturing fluid blend may contain water, sand, other proppants, and up to a dozen or more toxic chemical additives. Some drilling sites rely on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and propane, which present certain dangers to workers as well. In addition to being a fire hazards, LPG can cause cold burns to the skin and it can act as an asphyxiant at high concentrations.
If not properly controlled, frac sand can cause lung cancer, silicosis and other fatal illnesses in exposed workers. Benzene exposure is linked to Acute Myeloid Leukemia and other cancers. Other fracking chemicals used at worksites include:
- Ammonium persulfate
- Methylene chloride
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Ethylene glycol
- Acetic acid
- Hydrochloric acid
- Borate Salts
- Guar Gum
- Aluminium Phosphate-Ester Oil
Silica Exposure & Ohio Fracking Contamination
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has published studies that show fracking workers are likely exposed to high levels of silica in the dust surrounding work sites, which may lead to permanent lung damage, silicosis and lung cancer.
The fracking process endangers workers when sand is delivered and loaded into sand movers, transferred by conveyor belts and blended with other frac fluids prior to injection. Transporting and moving silica sand by movers and transfer belts can release dusts containing silica into the air and exposing workers if they breathe the dust into their lungs.
When oil and gas companies operate in America and the nearby environment ends up contaminated and damaged, surrounding land and home owners can expect to see their property values drop significantly. Large energy corporations, with hundreds of hydraulic fracturing (Fracking) sites, are responsible for thousands of environmental infractions each year, causing millions of dollars in damages to properties nationwide.
According to a study by the Wall Street Journal, there are over one million active oil and gas wells in the United States, and more than 15 million Americans now live within a mile of many of them. Toxic chemical leaks, oil spills, groundwater contamination, soil contamination, unsightly drilling equipment and noise pollution due to fracking activity account for the majority of property value loss claims.
Realtors around the country note that buyers are very hesitant to purchase homes near fracking sites. However, oil and gas companies are not taking responsibility for damages to property unless lawsuits are filed against them. It is unfortunate that legal action is necessary, but not surprising given that the large energy corporations responsible are placing profit before environmental concerns. Any property owner with real estate negatively affected by fracking activities may have a claim against regional businesses.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio fracking contamination lawyer, representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation claims against large corporations.
NIOSH has identified the primary sources of silica dust exposure during fracking operations:
- Dust ejected from access ports on top of the sand movers during refilling operations while the machines are running
- Dust ejected through open side fill ports on the sand movers
- Dust generated by on-site vehicle traffic
- Dust released from the transfer belt
- Dust created as sand drops into blender hoppers
- Dust released between the sand mover and the blender
- Dust released from top of the end of a sand transfer belt
Occupational Chemical Exposure
- Assistant drillers
- Floor hands
- Pump operators
- Maintenance staff
- Machine operators
- Lease hands
- Derrick hands
- Motor hands
- Crane and truck drivers
- Well testers
- Field Engineers
Fracking Contamination & Property Damage
Some states on the east and west coast, and many counties throughout the country have banned fracking because of the volatile nature of fracking, which is known to elevate environmental risks, contaminate large swaths of land and water, and make a negative impact on entire regions. Many areas with fracking activity are reconsidering the economic benefits of the process because of the severe damage it causes to the state of land and property values.
It’s not only the possible toxins and contamination of fracking that affects home values. Drilling operations are a big nuisance with heavy truck traffic, unsightly infrastructure and constant noise pollution. Oil and gas companies regularly cause serious harm to the environment in the following ways:
• Toxic chemical spills seep into local soil and water
• On-site chemical fires and explosions
• Endangering drinking water
• Polluting waterways
• Improper disposal of waste
• Polluting adjacent land and private properties
• Noise pollution
• Unsightly infrastructure
• Heavy truck traffic
Ohio Fracking Contamination Lawyer
Large oil and gas companies in the United States are responsible for drilling wells and managing fracking operations. These energy companies are not always mindful of nearby property values. They often operate recklessly and ask questions later. Methane gas and other chemicals used in fracking often escape and contaminate groundwater. When companies put profit ahead of environmental protection, they can be found negligent when environmental damage negatively affects property values.
Fracking is a complicated energy extraction process that involves different companies that specialize in drilling technology, transportation, chemical manufacturing, and land management. Many of these companies can be held liable by a fracking contamination lawyer if they are responsible for operations that result in a loss of widespread property values. Large corporations that have been recently named in property value loss lawsuits include:
• Chevron Corp.
• ExxonMobil Corp.
• ConocoPhillips Co.
• EOG Resources Inc.
• Continental Resources Inc.
• Whiting Petroleum Corp.
• Marathon Oil Corp.
• QEP Resources
• Hess Corp.
• Samson Oil and Gas Ltd.
• GasFrac Energy Services
• Spectra Energy Corp.
• Antero Resources
• Enterprise Products Partners
• Plains All American Pipeline
• U.S. Silica
Fracking Contamination & Loss of Property Value
America’s oil and gas companies have the ability to create jobs and wealth around the country, but they also have a responsibility to protect the environment and preserve property values in surrounding areas. When fracking causes irreparable environmental damage, homes and properties are damaged, and remediation is necessary, they need to compensate property owners for the damage they have caused. To achieve this, property owners should reach out to a qualified fracking attorney.
Ohio Fracking Contamination Linked to Illness
Oil and gas companies responsible for serious occupational risks have downplayed the toxic nature of fracking worksites. Workers are at a heightened risk for developing lung cancer and other illnesses. Common diseases linked to fracking chemicals and industry employment may include:
- Lung Cancer
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
- Chronic Lymthoctic leukemia
- Aplastic anemia
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Multiple myloma
- Respiratory issues
- Birth defects
- Neurological disorders
If you have suffered an illness following Toxic Exposure at a fracking work site, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a fracking contamination lawyer, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding fracking contamination.