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Frequently Asked Questions about Fracking - Accurate Answers from Knowledgeable Attorneys

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What is fracking?

Why is fracking dangerous?

What should I do if I'm injured in a fracking accident?

These are some of the most common questions people have about fracking, also known as hydraulic fracturing, in Pennsylvania. We understand people want accurate answers to these questions. That's why we have compiled the list below of questions to help you.

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Pennsylvania fracking accident attorneys at O'Malley & Langan know the difficulties many people face after such drilling accidents. We know because we have successfully worked on many fracking accident cases throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania.

This may be your only opportunity for justice. Seize it. Contact a law firm committed to excellence. Contact O'Malley & Langan. Call (866) 326-0100 and schedule a free case evaluation. We're conveniently located in Towanda and three other locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about fracking in Pennsylvania

What is fracking?

Fracking or hydraulic fracturing involves pumping fluid at high pressure underground to free trapped natural gas. Since 2008, more than 5,000 new oil and gas hydraulic fracturing wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania.

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Why is fracking dangerous?

The process is dangerous because of the risk of accidents. And fracking drilling accidents can happen for any number of reasons, including but not limited to the following:

  • Drilling rig explosions caused by volatile chemicals
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Poorly maintained drills
  • Drilling equipment installed incorrectly
  • Drilling equipment used improperly

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Why is fracking hazardous to the environment?

Fracking involves pumping water mixed with hundreds of chemicals into the ground. Many of these chemicals are hazardous and have been linked to various diseases in the past, including cancer.

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What should I do if I believe fracking caused water contamination on my property?

Contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and insist the agency investigate your complaint. Then contact us. We have dedicated our careers to fighting for the rights of people just like you.

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Where is the Marcellus Shale located in Pennsylvania?

The Marcellus Shale formation contains vast amounts of oil and gas underground. The Marcellus Shale stretches underground from New York State to Ohio, West Virginia and as far south as Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. In Pennsylvania, the Marcellus Shale covers much of the state, including in highly populated areas like Towanda in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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What should I do if I'm injured in a fracking accident in Pennsylvania?

Contact the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and demand the agency investigate your fracking accident. Inform your supervisor that you have been injured. Then contact us. We work hard for fracking accident injury victims throughout Pennsylvania.

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Who's responsible for inspecting fracking accidents in Pennsylvania?

Technically, OSHA should inspect your fracking accidents, but many drilling accidents are never investigated.  That's why it's important to contact OSHA and push the agency to take action.

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Why should I hire a lawyer to help with my Pennsylvania fracking accident?

Fracking accidents can be extremely complicated. Often, you only have one chance to demand the financial compensation you rightfully deserve for your fracking accident. Don't take chances with your accident claim. Contact an experienced fracking accident attorney who can take the following steps to protect your rights:

  • Investigate your accident
  • Deal directly with drilling companies
  • Negotiate with insurance companies
  • File a lawsuit on your behalf if necessary

Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact O'Malley & Langan. Call (866) 326-0100 and schedule an appointment today. We represent people throughout Pennsylvania, from Lackawanna, Luzerne, Bradford and Schuykill counties to Lehigh, Monroe, Wyoming and Wayne counties. Our offices are located in Scranton, Pittston and Towanda.

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Office Locations



201 Franklin Avenue

Scranton, PA 18503

p. 570-344-2667



9 North Main Street

Pittston, PA 18640

p. 570-883-1321



213 Main Street

Towanda, PA 18848

p. 570-265-5800