Fracking Lawsuits Pile Up in Pennsylvania

Gas Industry Still In Denial
Shale gas extraction isn’t simply dangerous, it’s toxic. Uninsurable. And it’s not just Nationwide who denies rig operators commercial coverage. Fraccidents and industrial workplace accidents related to fracking have spiked. 

There’s been plenty of coverage on the variety of legal issues in recent months, from truck accidents and property damage to real estate values and contracts. Shale gas extraction is a method of “extreme fossil fuel extraction.” We’ve used up all the mineral deposits that are easy to get, now we’re using methods that are more technologically advanced, like mountaintop removal, atom splitting and fracking. Big Philly firms like Duane Morris LLP are humming with the legal business of gas, while attorneys working in seven counties are mounting the legal challenge to the odious Marcellus Shale Act.

This brief bibliography details a story of tragic losses, personal, financial and rapidly increasing. Is there legal recourse? As fraccidents keep happening, and these cases seep though PA courts like so much acid mine drainage, we can only wait to see if Lady Justice is truly blind.

Marcellus Shale Gas Leads To Widespread Litigation, Insurance Claims by Jaime L. Brockway in Insurance and Financial Adviser on November 10, 2011.

Deadliest Danger Isn’t at the Rig but on the Road by Ian Urbina, The New York Times, May 14, 2012

For Oil Workers, The Deadliest Danger Is Driving by Susan Phillips, StateImpact.npr.org, May 15, 2012

Fracking Fatalities: Organized Labor Implores Federal Agencies to Stop the Killings by Mike Elk on InTheseTimes.com on May 31, 2012

Lawsuit Filed Over Water Exports to Gas Industry by Stacey Minchin on WETM, Elmira-Corning, NY on July 5, 2012

Fracking Concerns Turn To Worker Health Hazards And Potential Silica Exposure by Claire Wilkinson in Forbes.com on June 22, 2012

The Capitol Pressroom for July 13, 2012 Attorney Elisabeth Radow is interviewed .

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One Response to “Fracking Lawsuits Pile Up in Pennsylvania”

  1. bas Says:

    the main problem in PA is that there has been nothing done for consumer protection whether it be signing a lease, being left with leases that have been signed by neighbors….all the proof is on the people. The industry has high paid lawyers and we are left to fend for ourselves trying to prove that none of this happened before the drilling started.

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