You have but one world in which to live, and everyone is entitled to a clean environment. Environmental laws were developed to protect it. These laws govern the way companies and government entities conduct business, including the way materials are disposed of through municipal waste management, chemical disposal. It also protects the quality of the air you breathe, water you drink, wildlife near your home and trees around you.
But having laws on the books does not guarantee everyone is following the rules. Some people or businesses disregard these laws and proceed as they like, and it takes swift, experienced legal actions to make sure they listen.
Oil and gas development feed the public’s essential need for petroleum-based products. The unfortunate side effect is the increased risk of petroleum contamination in your groundwater, which is a common mishap in the petroleum industry.
And if it’s getting into your groundwater, it’s getting into your soil. This means vegetables grown in your home garden could be tainted by potentially hazardous substances, causing illnesses that could be lifelong or even fatal.
It may not be intentional or even detectable from the outset, but many people die each year because of toxic exposure. These fatalities stem from being poisoned by manufactured or natural toxins. Most of these people die because they weren’t properly educated about the risks or out of carelessness by someone else. They can happen in around your home, through exposure to substances such as asbestos, or in the workplace through dangerous commercial products.
If you believe you or a loved one has been the victim of petroleum contamination or toxic exposure, you need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Set up a free consultation with attorney Michael Patrick in Chapel Hill. With more than 30 years of experience behind him, he can help you find solutions that will have an impact for generations.