Thursday, April 14, 2011

Another Stage in the Life Cycle of a Parasite

I was looking at the web site earlier today to see if a post published when I noticed a text ad that said "Gas Drilling by Fracking May Contaminate Groundwater."  Out of curiosity, I clicked the link (a no-no in the online ad world, but I just had to know more).  It led to a site for a plaintiff's  law firm, the name of which I will not publish as not to encourage them, that offered to represent "victims of hydraulic fracturing."

We've reached another stage in the life cycle of the parasite.

I grew up around lawyers, so I'm not prone to lawyer jokes.  In my business career, I have found that the "bad lawyer" syndrome 80% of the time is the fault of the client rather than the lawyer.  That said, however, I have been waiting for lawyers to pile onto fracking as a target for lawsuits.  I'm sure it's been going on for a while, but since I live in Louisiana, far from Frackamania, I don't see much of it here.  I guess we've got many more important (and/or trivial) targets for class action lawsuits.

I guess the good news is that there hasn't been any successful lawsuits, validating my belief that the connection just isn't there.

Don't get me wrong, there is a place for plaintiff lawyers that protect citizens when they are truly exploited.  The problem is that there are many others (and even some of the "good guys") looking for the next big hit. It's a drug and a bunch of these guys are looking at hydraulic fracturing for their next big hit.

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