Texas Law Firm Questions Water Use for Fracking During State’s Record Drought

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The property and groundwater contamination lawyers of the Houston law firm of Arnold & Itkin LLP say waste of water, potential dangers of oil and gas drilling process need closer scrutiny.

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Houston lawyer Jason Itkin

We recognize the number of jobs created by the Eagle Ford Shale fracking project in South Texas, but we suggest that the drilling must be done responsibly to avoid damaging people’s lives and property.

Houston property contamination attorneys Kurt Arnold and Jason Itkin today called for more scrutiny of hydraulic fracturing in Texas as the state’s drought continues into record-breaking territory.

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a process of pumping water and chemicals into the ground to break up shale rock and free oil and natural gas for extraction. The process, which has come under fire primarily because of the toxic chemicals used, is also receiving scrutiny in the Lone Star State because it requires millions of gallons of water to open a single well.

“When news reports say the current drought is now the most severe since record-keeping began 116 years ago, it is time to reassess all discretionary uses of water,” said Arnold, a Houston lawyer and co-founding partner of Arnold & Itkin LLP.

“If you’re using millions of gallons of water in a process that is suspect in the first place, that’s certainly a place to cut back, if not a practice to consider suspending until the drought eases.”

The attorneys of Arnold & Itkin LLP, a nationally recognized Houston personal injury law firm, have assisted several clients throughout Texas and elsewhere with claims of toxic exposure resulting from groundwater and property contamination related to fracking.

“We recognize the number of jobs created by the Eagle Ford Shale fracking project in South Texas, but we suggest that the drilling must be done responsibly to avoid damaging people’s lives and property,” said Itkin, a Houston attorney who along with Arnold has won dozens of multi-million-dollar judgments and settlements for Texans injured by corporate negligence and product failures.

“We’re also pleased by our state’s approval of the nation’s first law requiring drillers to publicly disclose the chemicals they use in fracking,” Itkin continued. “But that law goes into effect in July 2012, which is a long way away. Fracking remains a potentially dangerous and, during a drought, wasteful practice.”

Arnold and Itkin said that anyone who believes their property or groundwater has been contaminated by fracking or other industrial use of chemicals should seek experienced legal help to protect their property values and personal rights.

“While water conservation is a civic duty we can advocate, refraining from contaminating groundwater and endangering people is a legal duty that we are certainly ready to take action to see enforced,” Arnold said.

About Arnold & Itkin LLP

The Houston personal injury and property contamination attorneys of Arnold & Itkin LLP are committed to helping Texans injured as the result of groundwater contamination and other issues caused by hydraulic fracturing and the extraction of natural gas and oil throughout the state of Texas, including San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Beaumont, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Baytown, Texas City and Port Arthur. The law firm also represents Texas personal injury and wrongful death victims and their families in cases involving maritime injury, trucking accidents, medical injury, aviation crashes, industrial injury and defective products. H Texas Magazine has named the firm “Top Lawyers for the People” three years in a row. To learn more about the firm, call (877) 399-9820 or use the online contact form.

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