The environmental record

Oil and gas companies have said it. Industry trade groups have said it. The record supports them.In much of public consciousness and government policy-making, however, this message somehow remains obscure: It is possible to drill for and produce oil and gas without spoiling nature.In fact, exploration and production occur all the time, all over the world, with environmental effects diminishing because of technology and heightened concern within the industry. Accidents are rare. Despite the improvements, environmentalists and like-minded policy-makers still proclaim nature's need to be protected against industry operations.Now, however, the message emerges from a surprising source: the...

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