The recent increase in fracking as a method to get natural gas out of the ground has generated a controversy as to whether such approach is warranted.
Much of the territory that Oklahoma comprises is part of the Carey and Woodford Shales.
According to the International Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: Wastewater from fracking contains potentially toxic chemicals used in fracking fluid, as well as natural contaminants from deep underground, including total dissolved solids (e.g., salts, barium, strontium), organic pollutants (e.g., benzene, toluene) and normally occurring radioactive material (NORM) such as Radium 226.
An estimated 30% to 70% of the fluid used in fracking will resurface, requiring treatment. Fracking also releases “produced water” from underground that also rises to the surface, and can be anywhere from two to 200 times as much water, depending on the oil/gas/water concentrations in the shale formation.
There is still much that is not known about the process of fracking. States, such as Oklahoma, have imposed new disclosure requirements about where these wells are located and if particular wells have certain problems. If you have reason to believe that your drinking water has been contaminated or your own real estate has been damaged from the consequences of fracking, you may have a case against the parties responsible for that drilling.
At NOLAN CADDELL REYNOLDS, we represent individuals who have been the victims of toxic tort cases. Call us now toll free at 1-800-709-5297 or locally at 479-782-5297. We can also be reached online at www.nolancaddellreynolds.com. Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to discuss your particular problem with you.