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Has North Dakota Fracking Contaminated Your Property?

Our North Dakota property contamination lawyers at Williams Attorneys have recovered millions for landowners with oil and gas property damage around the Bakken and nationwide. 

With more than 30 years’ experience in oil and gas litigation, our fracking contamination attorneys are dedicated to helping North Dakota families protect their property for future generations. We hold drilling companies fully accountable for negligent and reckless treatment of private property.

Our unique access to America’s top engineering and environmental professionals and proven legal tactics and are renowned for securing the property remediation and financial compensation injured property owners deserve.

  • Billions recovered in oil and gas company lawsuits
  • Matchless, inside experience with drilling company legal defense strategies
  • Precedent-setting verdicts and record recovery amounts
  • Superior track record in U.S. oil and gas litigation

Williams Attorneys PLLC has tried cases involving the largest fracking companies in the world, including Halliburton Energy Services, Chevron USA, Pennzoil E&P, Mobil Oil Corp, Shell, Westinghouse Electric Corp, Western Atlas, and many others.

If you suspect a fracking company has polluted your land, damaged property drainage, contaminated your water, or caused other property damage, we can help you collect maximum compensation.

Common Types of North Dakota Oil Field Property Damage 

Numerous laws are in place to prevent property damage caused by fracking operations. Yet wastewater leaks, drilling fluid leaks, and oil spills still happen, seriously damaging groundwater and soil for years to come.

Even small leaks and spills can expose your crops, livestock, and loved ones to hazardous chemicals. Rain, well damage, and drainage can pollute neighboring properties not included in the production site - drastically decreasing land value and usability.

Environmental contamination and fracking property damage are often caused by pipeline leaks, inadequate inspections, careless drill site cleanup, damaged equipment, and improper waste disposal and storage.

Drill site fracking chemicals often include toxic materials like:

  • Acetaldehyde
  • Ammonium Persulfate
  • Calcium Chloride
  • Ethanol
  • Ethylene Glycol
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formic Acid
  • Glutaraldehyde
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Isopropanol
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Methanol
  • Naphthalene
  • Polyacrylamide
  • Quaternary Ammonium Chloride
  • Uranium

Landowner property pollution can cause life-threatening illnesses requiring extensive medical care, including skin conditions, respiratory problems, cancer, neurologic disorders, and fertility problems.

Drilling companies may intentionally disobey environmental regulations or treat land negligently to cut costs, putting valuable property and residents at risk. With fracking operations, contamination isn’t always an accident. 

Common types of North Dakota property contamination include:

  • Crop damage
  • Damaged land development potential
  • Decreased air quality
  • Decreased estate value
  • Diminished agricultural production
  • Excessive resource depletion
  • Fence damage
  • Impaired water flow
  • Increased erosion
  • Livestock damage
  • Soil pollution
  • Unauthorized tree cutting or brush clearance
  • Water contamination
  • Weakened surface drainage

Legally, oil and gas companies have a duty to protect the interests of landowners. Unfortunately, many wealthy, prominent extraction companies won’t hesitate to risk a landowner’s property value to increase profits - – hoping property owners won’t notice, won’t question it, and won’t fight.

Intentionally violating environmental regulations and fracking negligence can mean thousands of dollars in damage for property owners. When a mineral owner or surface owner does decide to fight back, big petroleum companies can easily pay top legal defense teams to get out of paying compensation for the damage.

Common fracking company defense tactics include:

  • Arguing you assumed a risk of land damage when you signed on
  • Asserting that you missed the deadline for filing a lawsuit
  • Claiming property damage was the landowner’s fault
  • Withholding or covering up evidence required to prove your case

Our experienced, aggressive oil field landowner attorneys know how to beat these arguments and successfully prove your case, maximizing financial compensation and remediation of damaged property.

Whether you are a surface owner, mineral owner, or neighboring resident, our Williams Attorneys oil field property damage attorneys can help you secure the highest possible financial compensation available in a North Dakota fracking contamination lawsuit.

How Much Does an Oil and Gas Property Damage Lawsuit Pay? 

Landowners and / or local oil field property owners can file a property damage lawsuit to:

  • Collect property damage or loss of land value compensation
  • Restore property to original or satisfactory condition
  • Protect and maintain property from future damage

If an oil company causes water, soil, or air pollution, the Court will apply relevant federal and state laws to calculate the available damages - considering property value loss, the extent of the damage, the historical land use, and costs of restoring and remediating the property.

When environmental damage needs remediation to bring the land back to acceptable conditions, the Court will require the oil and gas company to schedule a remediation plan to restore the property.

If the fracking property is farming land or provides the landowner with income, and land damage is significant enough to declare the property unusable, the landowners will be financially compensated for any lost income and estimated future lost wages caused by the property damage.

If the contamination is significant enough to cause health problems, the Court will order the petroleum company to pay all related past, current, and estimated future medical costs.

Our Williams Attorneys team of environmental experts, property contamination litigation attorneys, and oil and gas industry professionals apply meticulous investigation and assertive cross-examination to obtain the maximum compensation for North Dakota landowners.

We represent landowners located in Ward County, Williams County, Stark County, Mountrail County, Oliver County, Morton County, McLean County, Burke County, Mercer County, McKenzie County, Golden Valley County, Grant County, Dunn County, Burleigh County, Divide County and throughout the Bakken shale play.