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Could fracking have negative impacts on pregnancies?

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Oil and Gas on Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

As fracking becomes a more and more commonly used oil and gas extraction technique here in Louisiana and other parts of the country, more and more questions are being asked about the potential effects of fracking. One such question is: What sort of public health implications could fracking have?

A recent study raises questions about what health effects fracking operations could have on pregnant women who are near the area of such operations. In the study, researchers reviewed data on thousands of mothers who gave birth in Pennsylvania during the time period spanning from January 2009 to January 2013. The study looked at where these various mothers lived in relation to natural gas fracking sites, to see if there were any differences, generally, in how the pregnancies went for those who were in the areas with the highest fracking activity.

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Could fracking near abandoned wells pose a pollution risk?

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Oil and Gas on Tuesday, October 22, 2015.

Recent research raises the possibility that certain types of abandoned oil or gas wells could pose an air pollution risk when fracking is done close to them.

The research looked at what happens when fracking is done near abandoned wells. When fracking occurs in an area where there are abandoned wells, the fractures created by the fracking can end up connecting to the abandoned wells, the research indicates. The research further points to such connections creating a potential path for methane gas at the fracking site to travel to the surface through the abandoned wells.

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New federal oil pipeline rules proposed

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Oil and Gas on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

It is vital for in-use oil pipelines to be in good repair. When oil pipeline companies fail to adequately monitor what condition their pipelines are in or fail to properly maintain their pipelines, it could lead to pipeline leaks occurring. When oil leaks out of a pipeline into the environment, it could cause significant harm, including damage to water sources and land. Environmental law attorneys can advise Louisiana landowners on their options for legal recourse when a pipeline leak has harmed their land.

One of the things that can have a big influence on what sorts of maintenance and monitoring steps oil pipeline companies take in regards to their pipelines is what regulations the federal government has in place regarding pipelines. Recently, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation put out a set of proposed new oil pipeline regulations.

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Oil companies, new technologies and environmental impacts

On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Environmental Law on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

The relatively low price of oil in recent times has had many impacts within the oil industry. One impact is that it has left many oil companies looking for ways to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their operations. This has led to some companies being more aggressive in their seeking out and adoption of new drilling technologies and techniques.

There are all sorts of new methods and technologies oil companies have been turning to in recent times to try to maximize the productivity of their wells, including new fracking technologies, refracking (going to a previously fracked site and fracking again using new methods) and software programs. One wonders what additional new drilling technologies will be developed and adopted in upcoming years.

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