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Environmental Safety

Gas Drilling RigTo ensure safety and reduce environmental impacts, government authorities enforce strict environmental and equipment standards and operating procedures on rigs. In developing regulations, the government consults with industry bodies, such as the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

The industry is addressing the environmental impacts of drilling. For example, companies use new techniques to reduce the production of waste fluids from drilling, to lessen the toxicity of drilling fluids and to improve the disposal of waste fluids. Better planning reduces the surface disturbance caused by drilling, and high standards are in place for site reclamation.

Petroleum Communication Foundation. Our Petroleum Challenge: Exploring Canada's Oil and Gas Industry, Sixth Edition. Calgary: Petroleum Communication Foundation, 1999. With permission from the Centre for Energy.

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