Oilfield work is known to be one of the most hazardous occupations in the
United States and the rest of the world. However, oilfield shales have
substantially increased in recent years in many states, such as Texas,
North Dakota, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania.
Texas is considered the largest producer of crude oil and natural gas in
the nation. Unfortunately, injuries and fatalities occur frequently in
the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford Shale, as well as other shale locations
throughout the lone star state.
Eagle Ford Shale in Texas
The Eagle Ford Shale located in the southern region of Texas covers over
11,000 square miles. It is the largest oilfield discovery in the U.S.
in the last 40 years and currently the most active gas formation in the
globe. Since the shale produces more than 4,000 barrels of oil per day,
the level of production is expected to last and/or increase for many years
to come, attracting oil companies to generate nearly 40,000 new jobs in the area.
Despite the increase in jobs and economic activity in Texas, oilfield accidents
in the area have skyrocketed because of issues such as lack of training
or supervision. Furthermore, due to the inadequate rural infrastructure
for the large influx of commercial vehicles, motor vehicle accidents in
the area have increased as well.
Bakken Shale in North Dakota
North Dakota has also made a significant impact in the oil and gas industry.
Located in eastern Montano and western North Dakota, the Bakken Shale
formation is a hotbed of drilling activity. Since 1953, this shale has
been producing oil.
However, dangerous drilling practices and commercial truck traffic have
jeopardized the safety of extracting and hauling oil from this formation.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued several safety alerts,
declaring that crude oil extracted from this area is extremely volatile.
Let Our San Antonio Oilfield Accidents Lawyer Help You
Oilfield workers have an important, but dangerous, job to do. Employees
working in Texas shales and shale formations throughout the country are
constantly at risk of suffering an injury due to the negligent actions
of the oil company. If you have sustained an injury caused by an oilfield
accident, let The Law Office of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC
help you recover the financial compensation you need to pay for your medical
bills, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering.
Contact us and
schedule a consultation today.