While fracking efforts in the Marcellus Shale region have created a number of jobs for the surrounding area, the rise in drilling accidents has been an unfortunate and unintended side effect. Since 2010, more than 20 confirmed incidents have been reported of varying severity, with at least two occasions leading to lives being lost. These accidents include explosions, pipeline breaches, fires, and gas leaks.
In addition to drillers, local homeowners have been affected by these accidents. In December 2014, roughly 30 Monroe County residents were forced to vacate their homes due to a well breach that was shooting a colossal stream of methane into the air, polluting the local atmosphere. Similarly, an October 2014 wellhead failure in Jefferson County resulted in the forced evacuation of nearly 400 homeowners. According to an eyewitness, the explosion was as loud as a jet engine, despite the fact that they were close to three miles from the site.
One of the worst mishaps occurred in June 2010, when workers struck a pocket of methane while drilling. This led to a massive explosion that seriously injured seven workers and sparked a fire that would burn for another five days. The environmental cost of drilling has also been steep, resulting in thousands of gallons of toxic waste, caustic chemicals, and contaminated water to be spilled into the surrounding area.
Have You Been Affected by a Drilling Accident?
If the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom has caused you harm in some way, you may be entitled to recover monetary compensation by filing a lawsuit. At Rogan Law, our Scranton personal injury lawyers are prepared to stand by your side and fight to protect your rights in a court of law. With more than two decades of successful experience, our firm can improve your chances of reaching a fair settlement for your troubles.
To discuss your situation with a skilled legal professional, call (800) 738-3781 or request a confidential and free case evaluation today!