by David C. Strouss, Esq. Pregnant women living near multiple fracking sites are more likely to have lower birth weight babies than those who live farther away, according to a new study by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The study analyzed births and fracking activity in three counties where 18% of… Read More


  A new study has shown that a chemical used in fracking was found in the drinking water of 3 homes near Chesapeake Energy Corporation’s fracking operations in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The fracking chemical 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE)  is used as a foaming agent in fracking fluid; the affected homeowners sued the fracking company after water from their wells foamed white and smelled of gas. While Chesapeake… Read More


Posted by Thornton Law Firm LLP on Aug 7, 2014 5:39:00 PM Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and State Representative Jared Polis have reached an agreement to keep two measures to regulate fracking off the November ballot. Under the deal, Rep. Polis agreed to withdraw his support for the two ballot questions. In exchange, Gov. Hickenlooper will… Read More


The EPA has announced that it will take public comment about whether to require chemical companies to disclose the chemicals contained in fracking fluid used in the hydraulic fracturing process. The “advanced notice of proposed rulemaking” issued by the EPA would also require oil and gas companies to submit all health and safety studies on the fluid to the federal government. The proposed rulemaking was partly in response to a petition by Earthjustice asking that full health and safety information be released by hydraulic fracturing companies and their suppliers.… Read More


Posted by David C. Strouss on Apr 23, 2014 4:22:00 PM On Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 a jury returned a $2,925,000 verdict for a Texas family who suffered health problems and property damage from fracking wells near their property. It is reportedly the first time a fracking company has ever been held responsible for health… Read More


A new study of children born near fracking operations in populated areas of Colorado has found that natural gas development within a 10-mile radius of the residences of pregnant women is positively associated with having a child with a congenital heart defect, and possibly associated with having a child born with a neural tube birth defect.… Read More


Yesterday, voters in several Colorado and Ohio cities and towns voted on a series of fracking bans and restrictions. Voters in Colorado municipalities Boulder, Broomfield, Fort Collins, and Lafayette decided whether to pass restrictions on “fracking” in those communities. Residents in Boulder and Fort Collins approved five-year fracking moratoriums. At last count, the Broomfield vote was nearly tied, and only 13 votes separated the two sides. Lafayette’s measure, one that bans fracking completely, also passed.… Read More


Posted by David C. Strouss on Mar 26, 2013 10:34:00 AM Overruling a fracking company’s request to keep the details private, a Pennsylvania judge has unsealed records related to a $750,000 settlement of a suit alleged water contamination near Marcellus shale fracking in southwestern Pennsylvania. Homeowners Chris and Stephanie Hallowich claimed that nearby fracking operations… Read More


Posted by David C. Strouss Since bringing one of the first cases in the country related to reproductive harm arising from chemical exposure in the semiconductor industry, Thornton Law Firm has been at the leading edge of representing victims of birth defects. New studies show that workplace chemicals are long known to cause serious birth… Read More


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