Water Pollution Law Firm serving Caddo Parish Louisiana
Louisiana’s oil and natural gas companies make billions each year. According to the Advocate, tax breaks for oil and natural gas companies were as high as $239 million in 2010. While these companies take oil and natural gas deposits from Louisiana, they also often create environmental issues for residents. Recent reports issued by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources indicate that fracking activities in the state may have contributed to water pollution. This creates issues not only for consumers of the water, but also for water treatment plants that have a responsibility to clean the water. When oil and natural gas companies pollute water, it not only harms the watershed and the animals and plants, but also gets into the water system and water table. When water with fracking byproducts gets cleaned using disinfectant chemicals, the disinfectant can bind to organic substances which can then result in higher levels of trihalomethane in the water. The journal of Environmental Science and Technology indicates that hydraulic fracturing facilities that release bromide and iodide into the water system could be releasing substances that can react with disinfectants, producing trihalomethane. Trihalomethane has been associated with elevated cancer risk, kidney problems, liver problems, nervous system problems, and, in higher doses, birth defects.
According to the Shreveport Times, Caddo has faced water shortage problems in the past. This has often been presented to consumers as a water conservation issue, but part of the problem might have to do with increased levels of polluted groundwater. The water treatment plants are strained because they have to more heavily treat wastewater released by fracking companies. Caddo residents who draw from the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer also have more bad news given that the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources has noted that natural gas has entered the water table. The Department is looking into the source, and seven oil and natural gas companies have been asked to provide additional information. Caddo relies on this aquifer for its water, but it may no longer be a reliable source due to this issue.
Now, some concerned citizens whose land and water have been polluted are fighting back. Individuals whose land has been impacted by these pollutants have started to pursue lawsuits against the oil and natural gas companies responsible. Individuals who are concerned about their clean water are also coming forward. If you think that you might have consumed contaminated water in Caddo Parish Louisiana that led to birth defects, or other health issues, you may want to speak to the water pollution law firm Stag Liuzza which serves clients in Caddo Parish, Louisiana today. While trihalomethane leads to cancer and other major health problems over long-term exposure, it can also cause birth defects in people who are exposed to high quantities of the substance. Have questions? Reach out today to the water pollution lawyers at Stag Liuzza who represent those in Caddo Parish.
Air Pollution Law Firm Serving Caddo Parish Louisiana
The World Health Organization has linked air pollution with a range of diseases. These diseases include: heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer, and acute lower respiratory infections in children. As oil and natural gas producers have expanded their production of oil and natural gas near Louisiana communities, more people have been coming down with respiratory diseases. A recent Rolling Stone article referred to this as Louisiana’s “cancer alley.” According to Rolling Stone, Louisiana’s “cancer alley” has been cited as having the highest risk for cancer in the nation, with higher air pollution emissions linked to conditions including respiratory diseases to developmental disorders in children. Breathing toxic air is not just dangerous to the elderly, but it can also harm the young. Rolling Stone reports that oil and natural gas producers have been setting up shop near poorer communities.
Oil and natural gas companies have a responsibility to mitigate their environmental impact and have a responsibility to limit the pollution they produce. When these companies fail to take steps to protect the environment and the public, people can get sick. If you or someone you love has developed cancer due to air pollution, you may be able to join a growing number of concerned community members who are fighting back. Stag Liuzza is an air pollution law firm serving Caddo Parish Louisiana that works hard to fight for the rights of the injured. We fight to hold companies accountable when they harm the environment.
Our firm represents victims who have been impacted by pollution. We are investigating claims against oil and natural gas companies that have been issued citations and violations for being in violation of the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. Recently, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources released an emergency declaration stating that natural gas may be present in the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer. In light of these new developments, the environmental protection lawyers at Stag Liuzza are taking cases from those who believe water pollution is affected their land and health. The companies who were cited in the emergency declaration have been asked to provide additional information about their activates. We are working to represent clients whose lives and land have been impacted. If your land has been contaminated, your water polluted, and your family left sick, you may have rights under the law when it comes to fighting back.
Our physical office is located in New Orleans, however, we service clients throughout the state of Louisiana and nation wide.