New York, New York (PRWEB) December 14, 2011
Parker Waichman Alonso LLP urges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue investigating groundwater contamination in areas where natural gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing are occurring. On December 8, 2011, the EPA announced that its investigation of groundwater contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming, had determined that chemicals, including glycols and alcohols, polluting the aquifer in Pavillion, Wyoming, are likely associated with gas production practices, including hydraulic fracturing.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, requires the discharge of enormous volumes of hydraulic fracturing fluids, otherwise known as “fracking fluid” or “drilling mud,” into the ground under extreme pressure in order to dislodge and discharge the gas contained under the ground. The composition of fracking fluid may include hazardous chemicals that are carcinogenic and toxic. Diesel fuel and lubricating materials, also consisting of hazardous chemicals, are also utilized during drilling and well operations.
According to a report from Newsinferno.com, the EPA has been investigating water contamination in Pavillion since 2008. Calgary-based Encana Corp., Canada’s largest natural- gas producer, owns about 150 natural gas wells in Pavillion. The determination that the chemicals polluting the Pavilion aquifer are likely the result of gas production and fracking marks the first time the EPA has linked hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination.
“EPA’s report is clear evidence that when drilling operations are not performed correctly, significant damage to drinking water supplies results,” states William J. Dubanevich, attorney at Parker Waichman Alonso LLP. “EPA’s Wyoming investigation should send a clear and loud message to all state and municipal governments: Stop the rush to drill and enact moratoriums on all gas drilling and fracking operations until the process can be fully and adequately studied and regulations and laws are enacted to fully protect the environment, water resources, and the safety and health of the public and workers.”
In light of these findings, Parker Waichman Alonso LLP urges the EPA to continue aggressively investigating instances of groundwater contamination in areas where natural gas production and fracking are occurring. The firm also calls for the formulation and adoption of federal regulations to protect drinking water supplies and public health from the harmful effects of hydraulic fracturing.
Finally, Parker Waichman Alonso LLP urges state environmental agencies to use and enforce existing state laws to mitigate the impacts of fracking whenever possible.
Parker Waichman Alonso LLP is currently representing several Pennsylvania families who claim their drinking water wells have been polluted because of natural gas drilling operations engaged in hydraulic fracturing. The firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to any one who believes their property or health has been damaged because of fracking. For more information, please visit Parker Waichman Alonso's hydraulic fracturing page at http://www.yourlawyer.com.
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