Services of Emergency Responders Secured for Marcellus Shale Region

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has secured the services of CUDD Well Control to provide emergency responder services in Pennsylvania in the case an emergency arises from any of the Marcellus Shale wells.  DEP has taken this step in response to recent high-profile accidents at natural gas wells in Pennsylvania.

The company will establish a new facility in Canton Township, Bradford County, allowing Cudd’s highly specialized, well-equipped emergency response crew to respond to any natural gas well in Pennsylvania within five hours.

The state will only employ CUDD’s services when needed through emergency contracts on a case-by-case basis.  This process will limit costs to taxpayers to events when CUDD personnel are mobilized.

Our attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright are experienced in worksite accident lawsuits and will evaluate your case and explore all possible sources of recovery. We fight to protect the rights of workers. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a Marcellus shale drilling accident, you may have a legal claim. Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or submit an online free claim evaluation.

DEP News Release

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Family Awarded $235,000 in Wrongful Death Suit

A Michigan family was awarded $235,000 in a lawsuit against a GM car dealership claiming a fire in the rear seat of their Buick LeSabre, started by a faulty battery cable, caused their husband/father to die from cardiac arrest.

When you are driving your vehicle, you should be able to count on the fact that it has been safely designed and is free from flaws that could result in serious injury, or an accident.  At Munley, Munley & Cartwright we have successfully handled cases involving injury or death caused by alleged defects such as automobiles, tractors and off-road vehicles.

The 79-year-old man, with a history of heart problems, and the family attempted to put out the fire.  When the car continued to burn they crossed the road, where the man went into cardiac arrest and died.

The defense showed that there were other cases involving similar incidents with GM vehicles.

The trial lasted eight days, with the jury deliberating for nearly seven hours. The $235,000 damages were solely for the non-economic loss.

At Munley, Munley & Cartwright our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients. Our Scranton, Pennsylvania attorneys have represented the survivors of wrongful death victims across several practice areas, including those who’ve perished due to a defective product accidentContact us today for a free consultation or call us toll free at 1-800-318-LAW1.

Wrongful Death Suit

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Marcellus Shale Documentary Screenings to be Held in Pennsylvania

“Gasland,” a documentary about gas drilling in the Marcellus shale region will soon be offered throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Written by Josh Fox, a Pennyslvania resident who is asked to lease his property for drilling, the documentary follows him on a cross-country odyssey in a quest for answers on the safety of fracking.

According to Gasland promoters, the movie is “becoming a popular method for spreading public awareness about gas drilling and the risks it poses on human and environmental health.”  Their Facebook page has 22,219 followers and lists all events associated with the film.

The schedule includes “massive outdoor screening/rallies” with Rooftop Films in both New York and Pennsylvania in the end of August and in Early September.  Pennsylvania screenings will be held in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Syracuse and Philadelphia.

The industry believes the movie is propaganda and has refuted the documentary.  An advocacy group of America’s natural gas and oil producers, Energy-in-Depth, detailed what they believe are inaccuracies  in the movie through the document “Debunking Gasland.”  “Affirming Gasland” has now been written by the producers of the documentary defending the information and refuting the Debunking document.

GASLAND will be broadcast on HBO through 2012.

If you are a property owner whose property has been harmed by natural gas exploration, talk to an attorney who is experienced in Marcellus Gas drilling issues.  The attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright represent victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, including those who have suffered personal injury and those who have been harmed through the loss of enjoyment of their property. Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or submit a free online claim evaluation.

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Voluntary Disclosure of Fracking Additives Begins for One Marcellus Shale Company

As promised, Range Resources has voluntarily disclosed the additives used in the process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region in Pennsylvania.   While the report has been submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), it is not yet available on Range Resources website.  They say their reports will be available online no longer than 30 days upon completion.

The information in the initial report covers the first of the Marcellus Shale wells in Pennsylvania on which Range Resources has used the fracking process since implementation of the voluntary initiative.

A sample report posted on their website gives a breakdown of the additives, which comprise .14% of the fracking process.  Water and sand make up the bulk of the mixture.  The additives include the following items:

  • Scale inhibitor
  • HCl acid mixture
  • Friction reducer
  • Antimicrobial agent

If you or a loved one has been harmed by Marcellus Shale drilling, talk to an attorney who is experienced in Marcellus Gas drilling issues. The attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright represent victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, including those who have suffered personal injury and those who have been harmed through the loss of enjoyment of their property. Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or submit a free online claim evaluation.

Voluntary Disclosure of Fracking Additives

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$6.2 Million Awarded in Florida Malpractice Suit

Shands at the University of Florida was ordered to pay $6.2 million to the family of a professor who died during a CT scan of his lungs in 2002.  The 41-year-old man underwent gastric bypass weight loss surgery when he developed breathing difficulties 5 days later.  He died during the CT process.

The experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Munley, Munley & Cartwright know that medical malpractice errors are responsible for between 44,000 and 98,000 wrongful deaths in American hospitals each year.  Only an experienced lawyer who knows Pennsylvania’s intricate medical malpractice laws, the court system and individual rights can effectively prove your physical and/or mental injury under state laws. Our medical malpractice attorneys will evaluate your case thoroughly and explore all potential sources of recovery.

The CT lung scan was ordered to assess the patient’s breathing issues. Even though the man said “I feel like I am dying” and that if he was laid flat he did not believe he could breathe the nurse did not check his oxygen saturation levels.

The man is survived by his wife and 10-year-old son.

The hospital is expected to appeal the verdit.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by doctor error, misdiagnosis, or other form of medical negligence, you may have a medical malpractice claim. You could be eligible to receive compensation for the damages caused to your family. ‘The Family of Lawyers’ at Munley, Munley & Cartwright are experienced, and successful, medical malpractice litigators – we fight to protect the rights of patients.

Contact us now at 1-800-318-LAW1 or submit an online free Medical Malpractice Claim Evaluation.

Medical Malpractice

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Marcellus Shale Drilling Goes International

As companies discover how lucrative the Marcellus Shale region has become, more and more are trying to buy a stake to the rights of the mineral-rich property.  Reliance Industries Ltd., India’s largest private-sector company, has just acquired a 60 percent stake in 104,400 Marcellus acres in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Reliance, which has already invested $3 billion in the purchase of shale-gas assets in Pennsylvania, believes they could yield close to 3.4 trillion cubic feet of gas.   They also anticipate drilling 1,000 wells in the area over the next decade.

Other international investors include companies from France, Norway and Japan.

If you are a property owner whose property has been harmed by natural gas exploration, talk to an attorney who is experienced in Marcellus Gas drilling issues.  The attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright represent victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, including those who have suffered personal injury and those who have been harmed through the loss of enjoyment of their property. Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or submit a free online claim evaluation.

Indian Company Buys into Marcellus Area

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Marcellus Shale Region Air Quality Could Suffer

According to Conrad Volz, Ph.D., director and principal investigator of University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities, residents in the Marchellus Shale region not only need to worry about pollutants in their water, but also about the air quality when toxins are released from the drill sites.

Volz says that flowback, a mixture containing naturally-occurring benzene, strontium and arsenic, can rise to the surface during the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) process and release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air.  Flowback is often held in open fracking ponds.

Chronic exposure to VOCs can impact an individual’s health.  Volz says that while VOCs from one drilling well is not an issue, the more wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale area the higher the potential for pollution and poor air quality leading to health issues for the residents.

If you or a loved one’s health has been impacted by Marcellus Shale drilling, talk to an attorney who is experienced in Marcellus Gas drilling issues. The attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright represent victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, including those who have suffered personal injury or illness and those who have been harmed through the loss of enjoyment of their property. Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or submit a free online claim evaluation.

Marcellus Shale Air Risk

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Two Tractor-Trailers Collide on Virginia Highway

A log truck and a box trailer collided in Franklin County, Virginia closing Rt. 220 Southbound lanes for close to four hours on August 3rd.  The accident resulted in the log truck spilling its load on the highway and both trucks bursting into flames.  Both of the large trucks were destroyed.

The box trailer was carrying lead acid batteries. Crews had to use booms to prevent run-off from the batteries or spilled fuel from pouring into the Blackwater River.  Subsequent tests of the water have come back clear.

Big-rig operators are responsible for the safe operation of their vehicle.  When semi-trucks travel at rates close to 55 mph, the driver must remain alert and take extra caution when changing lanes or making any maneuvers.  If you have been injured, or a loved one has died, in a commercial trucking accident, you need the experienced lawyers of Munley, Munley & Cartwright to protect your rights.

The driver of the box truck has been charged with making an improper/unsafe lane change.  Crews spent hours clearing the roadway of logs and the hazardous materials. 

If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a vehicle accident that was caused by another person’s carelessness or recklessness, you may be able to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Please call Munley, Munley & Cartwright’s lawyers at 1-800-318-LAW1 for a free assessment of your case or use our free online accident case evaluation.

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Hazelton City Authority Researches Marcellus Shale Process

The chairman of the Hazelton City Authority (HCA), Phil Andras, is investigating the process of the Marcellus Shale drilling that could soon be moving into the area.   Andras wants to ensure that they have the mineral rights for the 7,000 acres that the town currently owns, understand the steps needed to preserve the watershed and “spend some time learning more about the process and about the protections with the state and federal (environmental agencies).”

Andras has proposed enforcing a moratorium on Marcellus Shale drilling on HCA land until the drilling companies can prove “with a very high degree of certainty” that their operations are safe and would have no adverse environmental impact. 

Another authority member, Dick Ammon agrees with Andras saying, “we want to make sure whatever’s done, we won’t pay a price down the road.”  HCA members have said they are not against drilling, but they do want to ensure their watershed is protected.

If you are a property owner whose property has been harmed by natural gas exploration, talk to an attorney who is experienced in Marcellus Gas drilling issues.  The attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright represent victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, including those who have suffered personal injury and those who have been harmed through the loss of enjoyment of their property. Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or submit a free online claim evaluation.

The Standard Speaker

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Marcellus Shale Drilling Violations in Pennsylvania Exceeds 1,400

According to a report released by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, drillers in the Marcellus Shale region of the Keystone state have amassed 1,435 violations.  The information, based on data between 1/1/2008 and 7/25/2010 from the PA Department of Environmental Protection, identifies 952 of the violations which were judged as having the most potential for direct impact on the environment. 

The violations were issued to 43 different drilling companies and included violations such as: Violations of Pennsylvania’s Clean Stream Law, Discharge of Industrial Waste, Improper Construction of Waste Water Impoundments, Inadequate Blowout Prevention, and Improper Construction of Waste Water Impoundments. 

Most of the violations, 277 of them, were cited for Improper Erosion & Sediment Plans Developed / Implemented. The report states that Marcellus Shale natural gas well construction requires careful adherence to the implementation of erosion and sediment plans to minimize erosion that could cause harm to the streams and rivers.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by Marcellus Shale drilling, talk to an attorney who is experienced in Marcellus Gas drilling issues. The attorneys at Munley, Munley & Cartwright represent victims who have been injured through no fault of their own, including those who have suffered personal injury and those who have been harmed through the loss of enjoyment of their property. Contact us at 1-800-318-LAW1 or submit a free online claim evaluation.

Marcellus Shale Violations Report

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