Fracking Creates Health Concerns, Personal Injury Questions

What does your neighborhood gas pump, Hurricane Sandy and the persistent severe illnesses of Americans that stretch from the east coast to Colorado have in common?

In the world of personal injury claims and concerns, the answer is not only simple, it’s beginning to gain widespread national attention: fracking.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves creating fractures in layers of shale far below the Earth’s surface in order to obtain access to oil or natural gas. The process requires deep drilling, then fracturing the shale with a high-pressure stream of water and fracking fluid, delivered to the site in large commercial tankers.

The process has become increasingly popular with energy companies as they attempt to tap into deposits of natural resources that, until very recently, had seemed unreachable. Simply put, the fracking process allows energy companies to reach oil and natural gas deposits that have sat trapped in a layer of bedrock, inaccessible to drilling operations since the first mining operations in this country began.

The time-consuming fracking process

The fracking fluid, made up of a mixture of water, chemicals and sand, make it possible to fracture the shale in order to gain access to the fossil fuels that lay deep inside the Earth’s crust. The sand in the mixture is known as a “propant” because it props open the cracks made in the shale.

Fracking is a time-consuming and large investment for energy companies. It takes up to one month just to dig the well used to access the layer of shale where the oil or natural gas is trapped. The actual fracking process can take up to 10 days to complete and uses a total of three-to five million gallons of fracking fluid in the process. Some of that fluid flows backward from the fracture and is collected in tanks to be shipped from the site once the operation is complete.

Given the industrial nature of the hydraulic fracturing operations, it’s no surprise that claims of environmental pollution are being lodged against fracking companies. In Pennsylvania and Colorado, advocacy groups and environmentalists are voicing strong objections to the operations, claiming that they are both bad for the environment and potentially harmful to the nearby population.

Fracking health and safety concerns arise

The Denver Post recently published an opinion piece from Colorado State Senator Morgan Carroll and State Representative Rhonda Fields objecting to the minimum distance drilling rigs must be from residential communities. Currently in Colorado, fracking operations must be 350 feet from any homes. The legislators argued in their opinion piece that the minimum distance should be increased to 1,000 feet, citing health concerns.

Complaints of toxic emissions from fracking operations have sent residents near such sites to personal injury lawyers, claiming that the operations have created and exacerbated pre-existing health conditions.

In addition, a series of fracking incidents in Pennsylvania have also created personal injury claims. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at least nine of the chemicals currently used in the fracking fluid pose a threat to humans and the environment. Many personal injury lawsuits in the state are claiming that the fracking operations are polluting drinking water and poisoning grazing cattle.

Finally, the destruction of Hurricane Sandy this fall put the spotlight on the open-air pits where the fracking fluid overflow is stored. Along the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania, the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy created concerns fracking fluid could be released into the water and surrounding soil.

As personal injury lawyers, the questions raised by fracking and the suspected injuries caused by the process seem to be increasing on a daily basis. As fracking operations continue to expand in the U.S. and more evidence is gathered regarding the possible adverse health effects caused by the mining operations, one thing is certain. The controversy and personal injury claims involving fracking operations and the wastewater associated with such operations will most certainly increase instead of drying up.

If you or someone you know has experienced adverse health conditions, please call the experienced personal injury lawyers at Corso Law Group at (480) 471-4616 to schedule a free consultation.

Holiday Season Can Be Deadly Time for DUIs, Says Arizona DUI Lawyers Corso Law Group

Scottsdale, Ariz. – The holiday season can be a deadly time of the year when it comes to drunk driving, according to the Arizona DUI lawyers at Corso Law Group.

“The last few weeks of the year can lead to deadly accidents, DUI arrests and drunk driving tragedies,” said John M. Rhude of Corso Law Group. “It’s important that Arizona drivers understand that the state has no tolerance for drunk driving and DUI task forces will stop drunk drivers in their tracks.”

According to a 2009 Forbes magazine study, an average of 401 people die each year on New Year’s Day, the fifth worst holiday for drunk driving. The worst is Thanksgiving, with an average of 567 deaths each year.

Rhude believes many people let their guard down during December, given the number of holiday parties, New Year’s celebrations and end-of-the-year festivities.

“And after all of these things are over, these people get in their cars and drive home,” he said. “It creates a dangerous scenario on the roads, where drunk drivers mix with families and loved ones driving home from similar parties.

Rhude and his partner Christopher P. Corso know from experience that Arizona DUI arrests can increase during December. Both attorneys previously prosecuted DUIs, DWIs and OUIs for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Combined, Corso Law Group have handled more than 15,000 DUI cases as prosecutors and defense attorneys.”

Arizona law requires that any person found guilty of drinking and driving (even a first offense) serve jail time. And DUI convictions can also include extensive fines up to $2,500, suspension of driving privileges and the installation of an ignition interlock device – even for first offenders.

“DUI is a serious offense and something that no person should take lightly,” Corso said. “When you’re armed with the facts, it makes it even more vital that you have a designated driver if you plan on drinking.”

In addition to DUIs and DWIs, Corso Law Group handles a myriad of criminal cases, including domestic violence defense, possession of drugs, felony drug charges, photo radar, criminal speeding, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

The Arizona DUI attorneys at Corso Law Group do everything in their power to protect defendant’s families and advocate for their rights. They have the experience and expertise to deal with DUI charges in Arizona and will fight to get the charges dismissed and preserve their family.

Every DUI defense case in Arizona is different, however, and the outcome is dependent upon the specific facts and circumstances surrounding the DUI charges, which makes having an experienced Arizona DUI defense attorney even more important.

Corso Law Group has quickly built a reputation for its vigorous defense of clients, using its lawyers’ previous experience with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and other prosecutorial agencies to assist its clients with their criminal defense cases.

In addition to DUI defense, Corso Law Group handles all criminal defense cases, including domestic violence defense, possession of drugs, felony drug charges, photo radar, criminal speeding, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

The experienced Arizona DUI lawyers at Corso Law Group serve clients throughout Arizona, including the cities of Ahwatukee, Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, El Mirage, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson and Youngtown.

To schedule a free consultation, please visit www.corsolawgroup.com or call (480) 471-4616. Corso Law Group, PLLC is located at 14500 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 116 in Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260.

Corso Law Group Reviews Continue to Spotlight Dedicated Arizona Attorneys Fighting for Their Clients

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Having a lawyer with experience is important. Having one that cares is invaluable. The experienced lawyers at Corso Law Group work hard every day to represent their clients in the courtroom.

“I hired Corso Law Group to help me with me legal problem,” said James T. of Scottsdale. “They treated me professionally and got the job done. No smoke and mirrors, a fair price and they did what they said they were going to do.”

There are many Arizona residents who echo these Corso Law Group reviews. Founding partner Christopher P. Corso, Esq. said his firm works hard to deliver the personal attention each client deserves and he attributes the many positive Corso Law Group reviews that the Arizona law firm receives each week as proof that Corso Law Group is looking out for its clients.

“We receive positive Corso Law Group reviews multiple times a week,” he said. “It makes us proud that we’re able to help so many people on a daily basis, assisting them in putting their lives back on track while protecting their families.”

Another Corso Law Group review amplifies this statement.

“Corso Law Group represented me in family court recently,” said Bella O. of Peoria, Arizona. “My ex was trying to take my child from me. The family law team at this firm took care of everything. They were so helpful and kept my family together. They listened to me. I am so thankful and would recommend this law group.”

The experienced attorneys at Corso Law Group handle all types of Arizona family law cases, including Arizona divorce issues such as child custody, child support, alimony disputes, divorce mediation, spousal support issues and visitation rights.

They also are experts in criminal law, handling all criminal defense cases, including DUI defense, domestic violence defense, possession of drugs, felony drug charges, photo radar, criminal speeding, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession.

The experienced attorneys at Corso Law Group serve clients throughout Arizona, including the cities of Ahwatukee, Avondale, Buckeye, Chandler, El Mirage, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Surprise, Tempe, Tolleson and Youngtown.

To schedule a free consultation, please visit www.corsolawgroup.com or call (480) 471-4616. Corso Law Group, PLLC is located at 14500 N. Northsight Blvd., Suite 116 in Scottsdale, Arizona, 85260.