Gas fracking is a very dangerous way of getting oil and gas, but most importantly it’s a very shortsighted energy strategy. It’s poisoning our air and water and is on its way to jeopardizing the health of millions more Americans.

Fracking, sometimes known as hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks, this releasing the natural gas inside. Fracking is being touted as clean energy, but the truth is that fracking presents real dangers to people. Currently there are more than 500,000 natural gas wells in the United States. For each natural gas site, it takes about 400 tanker trucks to carry supplies and water to and from the site. Once at the site it takes anywhere between 1 and 8 million gallons of water to complete the fracturing job. The water is then mixed with chemicals to create the fracturing fluid. Each job uses around 40,000 gallons of chemicals. There are over 600 chemicals in the fracturing fluid, including deadly chemicals such as lead, uranium, mercury, ethylene glycol, radium, methanol, hydrochloric acid, and formaldehyde.

This chemical-rich formula is then injected 10,000 feet into the ground using drilled pipelines. The mixture then reaches the end of the pipeline where it causes the shale to crack due to the high pressure. This cracking causes fissures allowing natural gas to flow into the well.  Unfortunately, this process can cause methane gas and toxic chemicals to leach out from the fracking system, thereby contaminating nearby groundwater. Methane concentrations are 17 times higher in drinking water wells near fracturing sites than in normal wells.

Perhaps the most disturbing facts are the over 1,000 documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling, as well as cases of sensory, respiratory, and neurological damage due to ingested contaminated water. Once the fracking is over, the risk is not. Only 30-35 percent of the fracking fluid is recovered, leaving the rest in the ground. Even worse, fracking fluid is not biodegradable. The fluid that is recovered is left in open air pits to evaporate, releasing harmful volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere, creating contaminated air, acid rain, and ground level ozone.

Based on the numbers it will take 72 trillion gallons of water and 360 billion gallons of chemicals to run our current 500,000 natural gas wells.

Proponents will tell you that fracking produces about 300,000 barrels of natural gas a day, but at what cost to people?

Vehicle Accidents

One of the most types of accidents at a fracking site involves trucks or vehicles used as part of fracking operations.  This includes fracking water pump trucks, tanker trucks, dump trucks, operator trucks, or equipment trucks.

Natural Gas Pipelines

There are many types of pipes to move natural gas found in fracking. Natural gas pipes are subject to bursting, exploding, leaking and emitting natural gas. When any of these things occur with a natural gas pipe, the consequences can be catastrophic and cause serious or fatal injuries. Natural gas pipes can fail due to poor construction, improper connection, or negligent maintenance. When natural gas is released due to a faulty natural gas pipe, the released natural is easily ignited; even without being ignited, natural gas can be very toxic to humans.

Water Pump Trucks

Water pump trucks are used in many fracking sites and they create a variety of dangers. Water pump trucks are driven from the fracking site to a nearby water supply—such as a stream—where the large water tank on the back of the water pump truck will be filled. The truck will then return to the site and the water will be used as part of the hydraulic fracturing process. Pump truck accidents are common at fracking sites. Water pump trucks are large and are required to maneuver up and down roads that are often remote and dangerous.

Ligori & Sanders, Attorneys at Law is prepared to present a person hurt at a fracking site. Whether you were injured by an exploding pipeline or a water pump truck, it’s important that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to receive your free consultation. 813-254-7119

Articles and Information:

NY Times on natural gas fracking: “The dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.”

NRDC Condemns Fracking and Natural Gas “Waste”

CA sued over environmental toll of fracking

Fracking protests planned around world Saturday

If you have been injured in a gas fracking incident please call the Tampa personal injury attorneys at Ligori & Sanders, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation. 813-254-7119