Texas Oilfield Contamination Litigation
Houston Trial Attorneys Holding Oil Companies Responsible
For the past decade, Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs lawyers have taken on some of the biggest oil companies in the world. These companies operated wells, pipelines, storage facilities, separator facilities, and conducted oil and gas exploration and production activities on our client's property.
After draining the land of its precious minerals, these companies didn't clean up their mess. They left equipment, storage tanks, pipelines and pits which caused dangerous toxic and hazardous chemicals to spill and leak into the soil and groundwater. Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs was hired to sue these companies for money damages and cleanup costs.
When oil companies don't live up to their legal obligations, you need help from a law firm with experience litigating oilfield contamination cases. Our Houston environmental lawyers have the resources, the experts, and the qualifications to protect your rights against oil companies.
Protecting Environmental Rights
Protecting a landowner's property from environmental harm is important to Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs. We want to work with you to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are properly compensated for all of the harm caused by oil and gas operations. It doesn't matter if the dangerous activities took place in the 1960s or the 1990s, many state laws protect the landowner from the environmental harm caused by oil companies.
While exploring and drilling for oil and gas, heavy equipment is brought in to move the earth. In some cases, this messy process has damaged creeks and blocked drainage. The equipment used in this process can also damage adjacent fields and roads connecting the property. If a holding tank leaks, it can pollute nearby water sources, such as rivers, lakes, creeks, and ponds.
Land protection clauses may exist in oil and gas leases, and the details should include specific responsibility for oil and gas companies to clean up, preserve and conserve the land during use and at the end of the term. This includes removing any oil and gas drilling or production equipment. Some landowners have inadvertently become dumping grounds for abandoned equipment.
Reasonable measures must be used to protect your land. If oil and gas companies have failed to protect your land from harm -- violating land protection clauses in the lease - please contact a Houston oil contamination attorney Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs to discuss the specifics of your case.
Confidential consultations are available nights and weekends. Call us now at (713) 999-3681.
Recent Case Results
Louisiana landowners received a settlement from oil companies who failed to clean up the property after oilfield operations ceased. The oilfield company did not follow policies and procedures for containment of oil and waste, nor did they remove equipment used during oil and gas operations on the land. In addition to the full restoration of the land by the oil companies, the landowners received a settlement.
In another case, land was contaminated in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, by oilfield operations. The land will be remediated by oil company defendants. The landowners sued after determining the level of contamination left behind by the oil company. A settlement was received by the family who owned the land for generations. The issues were resolved pretrial and the oil company paid for the cost of the cleanup.
These cases are for information only and are not indicative of any future outcome for any future cases.