Barnett Shale Accidents

Accidents And Injuries In North Texas Oil And Gas Country

Expanding outward from Dallas into the Forth Worth Basin, the Barnett Shale region may be the largest onshore source of natural gas in the United States. Production in the Newark, East Field accounted for over 30 percent Texas gas well gas production in 2012, encompassing 18+ counties including Denton, Johnston, Tarrant and Wise County.

Often with fast-growing industries, worker safety and environmental protection issues are put aside in favor of seeing bigger profits faster. At Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz, our Texas lawyers have represented oil and gas workers throughout the State and the Gulf of Mexico when an oilfield or gas well accident causes serious injury. We have more than 65 years of experience fighting for those injured by oil and gas companies in Texas.

Contact our office online or call our Houston law firm at 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) to discuss how we can help you if you have been injured, lost a loved one or need to enforce property rights in the Barnett Shale Region.

Oil And Gas Injuries On The Barnett Shale

Mitchell Energy was the first to drill in the North Texas Barnett Shale back in 1981. Since then, the evolution of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has made this region important to the economic well-being of Texas. It is estimated that the Barnett Shale region will create over 100,000 jobs and more than $10 billion in revenue by 2015.

These gains aren't without risks. As the North Texas oil and gas boom continues, the number of accidents and injuries that happen on oil and gas fields will continue to grow, including:

  • Gas leaks that lead to pipeline explosions
  • Rig malfunctions that lead to serious and fatal crush injuries
  • Commercial vehicle accidents, including semi-trucks and tanker trucks, that can injure oil and gas workers along and others with whom they must share the road

Residents living near a Barnett Shale drilling site may also experience oil and gas related damage to property and contamination of the water supply. Earthquakes have even been reported as drilling companies push further into the shale to extract natural gas.

Property Rights On The Barnett Shale

One thing is certain: there is a lot of money to be made in the oil and gas industry. If you are a property owner with surface or mineral rights in the Barnett Shale region, you have probably already been contacted by an oil and gas company seeking to purchase or lease those rights from you. This can create legal issues related to:

  • Establishing ownership or clearing title to oil and gas rights or surface land rights
  • Leasing or selling existing rights for oil and gas exploration and drilling
  • Enforcing the terms of a lease or purchase agreement, including royalty rights, when an oil and gas company refuses to honor the terms of an agreement

Our Texas attorneys can help. The oil and gas companies may seem intimidating, but we are not afraid to stand up for your rights; in fact, we've been standing up for the rights of Texans for over 65 years.

Contact A Texas Injury Lawyer For A Free Consultation

If you have been injured or lost a family member to an oil and gas accident on the Barnett Shale or have questions about your property rights in the North Texas oil boom region, our firm can help. Since 1951, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz has been protecting the rights of Texans who have been seriously injured by the mistakes or bad acts of large companies. For a free consultation with a Houston oil and gas field accident attorney, call 713-587-9668 (toll free 800-580-9121) or contact us online.