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Injuries in the Marcellus Shale

Formed approximately 380 million years ago, the Marcellus Shale is a deep geologic formation that covers more than 95,000 square miles through parts of New York, Ohio, and West Virginia. However, the core of the shale is in Pennsylvania—the formation covers about 60% of the state. Once thought to be tapped out, it is is thought to hold between 168 and 516 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, available by horizontal drilling.

Is the Marcellus Shale Mining on Blood?

With the Marcellus Shale located from 4,000 to 8,500 feet below the surface and at 50 to 200 feet thick, the work of extracting the gas from the shale can be hazardous. With over 5.9 million people in Pennsylvania alone working in the mining and logging industry, accidents and injuries still happen.

Some common injuries include:

  • Broken Bones
  • Hand and Foot Wounds
  • Back Injuries
  • Toxic Chemical Exposure
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

These accidents can happen during any process of the drilling, from setting up to taking down equipment. Many injuries related to the Marcellus Shale in West Virginia and Pennsylvania occur from trucking accidents.

Workers are often injured because the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Falls / falling objects
  • Electrocution
  • Fires and explosions

Marcellus Shale Accident Lawyer

Often, employees injured while working on the Marcellus Shale can recover benefits through Worker's Compensation claim. This may not be enough. If the employer is found to have negligently exposed workers to dangerous conditions that result in an injury or death, workers can seek compensation.

If you or your loved one has been hurt due willful violation of safety standards or negligence in the workplace, it is important to act quickly in order to file a claim. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we will pair you with an expert shale accident lawyer who will take the time to listen to your story and explain all of your options, as well as take the lead should you choose to file a claim. Our firm takes no fee from you unless we win your case.