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Fracking

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method of drilling in which a combination of sand, water and chemicals are injected into the ground, the pressure of which causes rocks in the ground to break apart, releasing the natural gas or oil that is stored within. Fracking has come under scrutiny recently for the health risks it can pose to people living in nearby communities. Many of the safety risks that fracking can pose aren’t discovered until years after the fracking has occurred, and when it is too late to do anything about it. If you live near a fracking site, contact an attorney from our firm today to discuss your case and find out if you and your family are being put at risk by the fracking that is going on near your community. The following links offer more information on fracking practices:

Salt Water Ponds
One of the byproducts of the fracking process is salt. However, this is not salt that can be used in any way. It is considered industrial waste, and if the drilling company does not properly dispose of it, it can contaminate water and ponds for miles around, which can kill the fish and wildlife. Even with proper disposal, some of the salt water may end up back in the ground.

Dangers of Fracking
Fracking can pose many risks for residents that live near the site. Often during the fracking process, small earthquakes take place while the rocks are being broken apart. Aside from the damage these can cause, water contamination, soil contamination, and health risks can occur. Drinking contaminated water can lead to respiratory and neurological problems for the residents, the effects of which may not be apparent for many years.

Texas Fracking Disclosure Laws
Texas legislature recently passed a bill that requires companies to disclose what chemicals are used in their fracking process in order for people who live near fracking sites to be aware of the dangers that they might be facing and to protect themselves from the harmful side effects of the chemicals used in the fracking process.

Hydraulic Fracking
Hydraulic fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the official name of the fracking process. It is so named because of the use of water and “fracking fluids” to extract natural gas and oil from the ground. These fracking fluids have come under scrutiny because of the use of chemicals in them, which can soak into the ground and contaminate the topsoil and water supply of the surrounding areas.

Fracking is a fairly new process and the laws surrounding it are still being formed. Amaro Law Firm is dedicated to keeping up with the fracking laws and regulations as they emerge and making sure that we do everything we can to protect Texas’ citizens from the dangers that fracking can pose. If you live near a fracking site, contact our firm today to find out all the information you can about this process. With over 22 years of experience in dealing with gas and oil companies, we are familiar with the secretive methods these companies use to try and keep people uninformed about the dangers of their work, and we are devoted to helping our clients protect themselves and their families from the chemical dangers that fracking can pose.