CLEVELAND, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- While the fracking invasion is currently in the news from an environmental and energy policy perspective, there are many legal issues related to fracking injuries, groundwater and property contamination, and mineral rights negotiations that are affecting both individuals and communities.
Fracking is the process by which energy companies extract or pull natural gas from deep beneath the earth's surface. During fracking, water and a mixture of chemicals are forced under great pressure deep into layers of rock found thousands of feet below the surface of the ground. This water fractures shale and causes natural gas that is trapped in the shale to be released. The contaminated water is then pumped back to the surface and trucked away to disposal sites, while the natural gas is collected and eventually sold.
"While fracking in Ohio has the potential to create a huge economic boom for both Ohio residents and the energy companies, there are a number of potential problems and hazards that can arise from this process," explained Ryan Fisher, a partner with Cleveland law firm Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill Co., LPA. "Our firm has the expertise and resources required to help clients affected by fracking make good decisions and protect their property as well as their health. If a fracking case involves an injury or death, we use our 35 years of personal injury experience to obtain the maximum compensation for the client or his/her family."
Since fracking is a lucrative technology, a representative from one of the many energy companies may approach Ohio residents with natural gas underneath their property and try to get them to sign a mineral rights lease. The lease outlines the amount of compensation to be paid to the property owner to gain access to the gas beneath the land. Before allowing fracking on any property, homeowners should contact Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill Co., LPA for direct access to experts who are familiar with favorable terms for these leases and optimal prices for mineral rights.
Several significant environmental concerns surround the fracking process. These include the potential contamination of water tables, improper disposal of waste water, and earthquakes such as the one that recently took place in Youngstown, Ohio. Property owners with water or land contaminated by a fracking well should consult Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill Co., LPA who will carefully review the situation and offer advice on available litigation options.
In addition to the potential environmental problems, fracking is an occupation that may be very dangerous, resulting in significant injury or even death. Individuals who have been injured by any aspect of the fracking process should contact the firm for expert legal help. Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill Co., LPA is highly experienced in assisting personal injury victims with any legal situation, including potential workers' compensation claims and injury lawsuits.
Since 1976, the award-winning trial attorneys at Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill Co., LPA have successfully represented people in the areas of motor vehicle accidents, automobile product safety, personal injury, home and workplace safety, medical malpractice, and birth injuries, as well as families of victims of wrongful death. U.S. News & World Report named the firm to its "Best Law Firms" list (2010–2012), while lawyers from the firm were again honored as Ohio Super Lawyers for 2011.
For more information on Lowe Eklund Wakefield & Mulvihill Co., LPA, please call 216-781-2600 or visit http://www.lewm.com/.
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