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Eagle Ford Shale Fracking Well Blowout Causes Major Dead Zone

16 June 2015No Comments


A dead zone is now visible around the EnCana fracking well blowout site, in a rural area near Karnes City, Texas. On May 19, 2015, the fracking well in south Texas exploded, spraying a toxic mix of chemicals and forcing the evacuation of over twenty families living in the area. By June 1, a visible dead zone could be seen around the blowout site. This well was the first of two wells that exploded that week outside of Karnes City. The area was an Eagle Ford Shale, one of the most heavily fracked locations in the United States. The fracking well gushed enough oil, gas, and chemicals to leave a ¼ mile gash of dead vegetation and contaminated land. The blowout also released an unknown amount of methane, a greenhouse gas 85 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. For more than three weeks, EnCana, the company responsible for the blowout, has prohibited impacted residents from returning to their homes, pets, and possessions. Some residents may never return to their homes as full decontamination is impossible.


Unfortunately, the same week of the explosions, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill, stripping local communities of their ability to control the oil and gas industry. In Texas, a fracking well can be as close as 300 feet from a home. Due to the impacts from air pollution to noise, to major well blowouts, the Texas city of Denton passed a regulation that kept fracking out of the city limits. The shale and fracking industry immediately filed lawsuits against the bill and has spent large amounts of money to defeat the Denton Bill. As a result, the Texas state legislature floated a bill that would strip Denton and all local governments of the right to regulate the oil and gas industry. Cases such as these, are why the people living in the areas of the heavily fracked area deserve to have a part in deciding how the industry operates. The negligence of EnCana has cost twenty families in this area alone to be evacuated from the houses for almost a month. The residents have not been able to return for clothing or to check on their beloved pets. As stated earlier, some will not be able to return to their home and belonging for it has been destroyed by decontamination.


Environmental contamination, including soil and water pollution, can have both short-term and long-term consequences that can severely affect Texas landowners and their properties. For example, ground contamination can prevent vegetation from growing properly in your soil, and groundwater contamination or depletion can render your well water unfit for human use. Even more severe consequences can result from environmental contamination, including serious injury or illness. If your Texas property has been contaminated by negligent oil or gas activity, or another type of resource exploration, contact our Corpus Christi environmental contamination attorneys to fight for your Texas landowner rights. Environmental contamination can be detrimental to both your land and your health. With the help of an experienced Corpus Christi attorney, you can seek recovery for any expenses associated with detrimental environmental contamination.

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