Hydraulic Fracturing Whistleblower | Natural Gas Drilling | Whistleblowers Compensation and Legal Protection

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Our firm is investigating incidents of water contamination linked to a gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. If you know of a fracking fluid spill or water contamination incident that wasn’t reported by a gas driller, or have information that a driller altered documents to cover up such occurrences, our fracking whistleblower lawyers can help you get the truth out.

A 2009 ProPublica investigation uncovered more than a thousand reports of water contamination from drilling across the country, some from surface spills of fracking fluid and some from seepage underground. ProPublica also found dozens of homes in several states in which gas from drilling had migrated through underground cracks into basements or wells. In many instances, drillers have been fined for failing to report spills and other accidents. Fracking whistleblowers can make sure that gas drillers pay a price when they damage the environment and put public health at risk.

If you are aware of misconduct on the part of a gas driller, please contact our fracking whistleblower lawyers today. You can be assured that the information you submit to our fracking whistleblower lawyers will be kept EXTREMELY CONFIDENTIAL.

Fracking is used in natural gas wells to push fluid and sand at very high pressure into rock formations to release natural gas. The fluid used in fracking can contain chemicals that are hazardous and carcinogenic. Unfortunately, because the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 exempted hydraulic fracturing from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act – a provision known as the “Halliburton loophole” – gas drillers don’t have to disclose what chemicals they use.

How did this happen? According to whistleblower Weston Wilson, heavy industry influence on a panel that reviewed findings from a 2004 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on hydraulic fracturing is to blame. In October of 2004, Wilson, then a 31-year EPA employee, applied for protection under the federal Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 in order to get the word out about the flawed fracking report. According to Wilson, EPA scientists had proven that there was a risk of benzene and other toxic chemicals migrating into ground water from drilling activities. However, the industry-friendly panel suppressed this data from the final report. Congress relied on those skewed findings when it exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Over the past decade, the use of hydraulic fracturing by gas drillers has boomed, and fracking operations have been popped up in a number of states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Because of the Halliburton loophole, regulation of these fracking operations is left to the states, which are often not up to the job. The ProPublica investigation found, for example, that while the number of gas wells being drilled in 22 states each year has jumped 45 percent since 2004, most of the states have added only a few regulators.

With so little regulation of fracking, it’s not surprising that we are beginning to hear about serious water contamination incidents and other problems associated with gas drilling operations. The public needs to learn the truth about fracking, and whistleblowers could very well be the only way this will happen.

Fracking whistleblowers can make sure drillers live up to their obligations to operate in a way that doesn’t endanger the environment or public health. If you have information about wrongdoing that involves hydraulic fracturing, our fracking whistleblower lawyers can help. Please call us today for a free, confidential, no-obligation evaluation of your case. Simply fill out our online form, or call 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636) today to speak with one of our fracking whistleblower lawyers.

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If you are thinking of coming forward and blowing the whistle on your employer or another company, please fill out the form on our Free Consultation page today! Our lawyers will evaluate your case confidentially and at no cost.

The information you submit will be kept EXTREMELY CONFIDENTIAL. We will not share your information with anyone.