Water Pollution Lawyers Serving Mansfield, Louisiana
In February 2018, Mansfield, Louisiana residents received a notice that Mansfield’s drinking water was in violation of the maximum contamination levels permitted for trihalomethanes. According to KSLA, trihalomethane is created when disinfectants in the water mix with naturally occurring organic and inorganic material. The letter released to consumers notes that the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Health set drinking water standards that require companies to disinfect their water. The letter warns consumers that the levels for trihalomethane and haloacetic acid were higher than permitted for human health. While officials claim that short-term exposure to these higher levels doesn’t necessarily pose a risk to human health, long term exposure to these chemicals can pose potential risks to human health. These risks can include heightened cancer risk, liver problems, kidney problems, and central nervous system problems. According to the journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, the presence of trihalomethane in the water has also been associated with “adverse reproductive outcomes.” So, even though officials claim there is no immediate danger, research indicates that drinking water with these contaminants can be risky for pregnant women.
What causes trihalomethane and haloacetic acid to be present in higher levels in the water? A recent study published by the peer-reviewed journal of Environmental Science and Technology, indicates that wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing can increase the presence of these organic and inorganic materials. When these materials get mixed with disinfectant products that water companies normally use to clean the water, this can lead to the formation of trihalomethane. Specifically, when fracking companies dispose wastewater into the environment, this water may have higher bromide and iodide levels. When these compounds mix with disinfectant chemicals, trihalomethane can form. So, while the water companies might be noting that they need to change the composition of their cleaning practices, ultimately, polluted water from fracking companies may be possibly to blame.
While fingers are often pointed at the water companies for failing to clean the water, a closer look upstream might reveal that oil and gas companies are releasing water into environment without properly treating this water, and this might be contributing to the contaminated water problem in other communities. Communities affected by higher concentrations of trihalomethane have two main options. Basically, the communities can demand that oil and natural gas companies stop releasing contaminated water upstream. Holding these companies legally accountable for the damage they are causing is one way. Or, by changing water treatment strategies to remove bromides from the water, water treatment plants can address the issue directly. However, the problem with passing the problem on to water treatment companies is that the cost of cleaning the water might ultimately get passed on to the consumer (who was not responsible for the pollution), while the oil and natural gas companies get away without doing anything to mitigate the problem.
What can you do about this if you live in Mansfield, Louisiana and are concerned for your water safety? First of all, if you have experienced any adverse reproductive outcome recently, namely, if you have suffered any birth defects, miscarriages, and drank public drinking water, you may want to reach out to the water pollution lawyers at Stag Liuzza in Mansfield, Louisiana. Our water pollution lawyers can review the details of your case, help you understand your options and rights under the law, and assist you with taking the next steps to protect your rights and to hold fracking oil and natural gas companies accountable for their actions.
Risks of Trihalomethane in Drinking Water
What are the specific risks of the presence of trihalomethane in drinking water? Basically, this substance has the potential to cause cancer if people suffer long-term exposure. Animal studies indicate that long term exposure can put a person more at risk of bladder and colon cancer, according to Delaware Health and Social Services. In higher doses, trihalomethane can lead to reproductive issues and birth defects. If you have been drinking Mansfield, Louisiana’s drinking water and have experienced birth defects, it is important to report your experience. While water treatment officials are taking steps to lower the presence of trihalomethane in the water, evidence suggests that the presence of these substances in the water might be due to pollution resulting from oil and natural gas activity upstream. Stag Liuzza is a water pollution law firm serving Mansfield, Louisiana that works with individuals who have suffered damages as a result of environmental pollution. Our firm is taking cases from land owners and from individuals who believe their health may have been affected by drinking contaminated water. If you have suffered because you believe you were exposed to contaminated water, Stag Liuzza may be able to help you.
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When individuals take action to hold oil and natural gas companies accountable for their actions, they protect everyone’s interests. These companies have a responsibility to mitigate the damage they do to the environment and to our clean water. The water pollution lawyers at Stag Liuzza who serve Mansfield, Louisiana are committed to taking steps to protect individuals who have been hurt or impacted due to contaminated water.
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