A New Resource for Hydraulic Fracturing Information


LIVONIA — Foley, Baron & Metzger, PLLC, a Detroit-area law firm, has launched a new resource page at www.fbmlaw.com/blog in response to mounting claims and lawsuits from incidents related to hydraulic fracturing.

Hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking, is a method of drilling for natural gas reserves, oil and geothermal energy in deep shale formations.

Richard Baron, the environmental practice group leader at Foley, Baron & Metzger, said, “Fracking presents unique challenges to all stakeholders involved in this process.”

Industry professionals, including representatives of insurance companies, oil and gas companies, and environmental science and environmental protection organizations, are facing unique challenges in this emerging area of resource recovery.

Baron was recently invited to speak before a large multi-state audience of insurance professionals about hydraulic fracturing issues. After seeing the need from this industry, the web resource was created.

Baron said his firm wants to establish a resource that makes it easier for professionals to navigate the complexities that surround the topic. This includes the circumstances that arise from fracking-related events such as a surface spill caused by a natural disaster or pollution from the negligent release of hazardous waste materials.

The dedicated web resource includes both primary and secondary source materials to help evaluate issues ranging from federal and state laws and regulations to allegations of environmental contamination by fracking processes.