After new techniques were developed in the late 1990s that made hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) an economical way to drill for natural gas deposits, thousands of natural gas wells that used fracking were built across the United States. These wells have made it possible for gas and petroleum production in the U.S. to reach its highest levels in roughly two decades.
However, these record-breaking profits have not come without serious environmental and health concerns. According to warnings from the workplace health organizations NIOSH and OSHA, the airborne silica dust that is created during the fracking process can cause serious damage to the lungs of anyone that inhales it.
Workers at fracking sites may be at risk of developing silicosis or other respiratory diseases caused by the harmful dust that is created at these drilling wells. In some cases, the first silicosis symptoms may not appear for 10-20 years after an individual was exposed to silica dust created by a fracking site.
NIOSH and OSHA have also warned that residents who live near natural gas drilling sites that use fracking may also be at risk of developing silicosis or other diseases caused by airborne silica dust. Because fracking sites have become so widespread across the U.S., this may pose a health risk to millions of Americans who live near natural gas drilling sites.
The following is a list of states which contain shale formations with natural gas deposits that are recoverable by fracking:
If you or a loved one lived or worked near a fracking site and have developed silicosis or other respiratory problems, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries. For a free legal consultation about filing a fracking lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.