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There are issues concerning air and water purity. Hydrofracking involves the use of one million gallons of water per well. Many of the substances which come out of the ground with the water are radioactive as well as potentially toxic. This raises issues with respect to transportation of the materials over the roads, water aquifers, air quality, and issues that are probably not even known.

Pollution and Environmental Damage

The folks who live in North Central Pennsylvania will have to deal with the results of hydrofracking and the environmental consequences of Marcellus Shale drilling for decades to come. Many of the most onerous problems associated with the environmental sequelae from Marcellus Shale drilling may not be known for years to come. We have attempted to stay up on changes in laws and regulations addressing environmental concerns. Even the industry is concerned about disposal and transportation of the water. It is certainly unclear how water contaminated with radioactive products is going to be stored, transported, and disposed of.

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Attorney Cliff Rieders

Attorney Cliff RiedersCliff Rieders is a Nationally Board Certified Trial Lawyer practicing personal injury law. A large part of his practice involves multi-district litigation, including cases related to pharmaceuticals, vitamin supplements and medical devices. He is admitted in several state and federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Rieders is the past regional president of the Federal Bar Association and is a life member of the distinguished American Law Institute, which promulgates proposed rules adopted by many state courts. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, formerly Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association. As a founder of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, he served on the Board for 15 years.

Not only has Rieders held many highly esteemed, leadership positions, he authored legislation related to the Patient Safety Authority and the Mcare Act, which governs medical and hospital liability actions in Pennsylvania. He authored texts upon which both practitioners and judges rely, including Pennsylvania Malpractice Laws and Forms, and Financial Responsibility Law Issues in Pennsylvania, the latter governing auto and truck collisions in Pennsylvania. In addition, he wrote several books on the practice of law in Pennsylvania regarding wrongful death and survivor actions, insurance bad faith, legal malpractice claims and worker rights, among others. Rieders also serves as a resource to practitioners as a regular speaker for Celesq, an arm of the world’s largest legal publisher, Thomson Reuters West Publishing.

As recognition of his wide range of contribution to his profession and of his dedication to protecting the rights of his clients, he received numerous awards, among them the George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award, the Milton D. Rosenberg Award, the B’nai B’rith Justice Award, and awards of recognition from the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. [ Attorney Bio ]