Fracking and Oilfield Trucking Dangers
The oil and gas industry remains booming in the Permian Basin, an 86,000-square-mile area spanning southern New Mexico and West Texas. It is one of the largest oil and gas producing regions in the world, accounting for 35 percent of crude oil and 17 percent of natural gas production in the United States according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In Texas, the oil and gas industry supports around 17 percent of jobs in the state, either directly or indirectly, and those jobs require fracking.
High-Volume Drilling Requires Lots of Fracking
Drilling and fracking a single oil well can involve almost 1,000 commercial trucks, hauling equipment, sand, and water, among other items. As a result, driving around the Permian Basin can be unsafe due to increased traffic kicking up major dust as well as local, rural roadways crowded with big rigs. In fact, the Midland-Odessa Transportation Alliance counted around 100 deadly crashes involving commercial vehicles in 2018, and at least one recent article states there have been 26 fatalities and 80 crashes of commercial vehicles since July 1 of this year.
Frac sand hauling in particular can be dangerous. What does a professional frac sand hauler or “sand pusher” do? Frac sand is the key ingredient in the hydraulic fracturing process (also known as “fracking”), in which oil and gas drillers pump frac sand and other materials into wells to break up shale rock and help natural gas and petroleum flow more easily. Since the amount of sand used in large wells can be up to 50 million pounds, commercial truck drivers visit frac mines around the Permian Basin to receive and transport the frac sand. These drivers often travel 100 miles or more through crowded bumpy roads, ultimately delivering the sand to frac well sites. Frac sand haulers’ schedules can include driving up to six days a week, as well as day and night shifts with 12-hour days.
Texas Oilfield Injury Lawyers
After a tragic oilfield accident, the responsible parties may try to offer a quick settlement in order to resolve the accident quietly and inexpensively. A Texas oilfield injury attorney can evaluate the value of the settlement offer and let you know if you can do better at trial. The personal injury trial lawyers of Dax F. Garza, P.C. handle oilfield injuries around Texas and throughout the country. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys.