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What are the environmental considerations of drilling for oil?

Environmental issues include:

  • land surface disturbance
  • the amount of water initially required to hydraulically fracture (or “frack”) the well
  • disposal of the poor-quality water produced with the oil
  • air pollution
  • groundwater contamination
  • oil spills
  • disruption of wildlife corridors

In many cases, particularly on private land, it is the state government that regulates the extraction of oil and the remediation of sites after production is no longer economic.

Learn more: Hydraulic Fracturing

 

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