The 3 Biggest Impacts of Oil & Gas Extraction

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Fossil fuels are the biggest cause of global warming, with their pollution levels being well over the acceptable manageable levels, yet everything around us depends on fossil fuels, so they continue to be extracted and exploited broadly. Perhaps the most common are oil and natural gas, which means these have a huge impact in our environment, so we’ll take a closer look into this.

Onshore and Offshore Oil Drilling


We know that oil can only be found quite deep in the underground, for which the industry uses a big powerful drill that allows them to reach such depths. However these drillings do not come without an environmental price and even though there are other methods like fracking, in the end, they all cost our planet part of its health.

Poisoned Water

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Ok, so digging big holes in the ground to search for anything, especially as deep as oil can be found, will make some water surface. This would be fine if you’re lost in the middle of a forest and are looking for a source of clean water. However, when it is the byproduct of oil drilling, this water is polluted with all kinds of harmful chemicals.

Barren Lands

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As they establish their drilling camps, industries occupy large extensions of land, which they more often than not, leave barren and quite unproductive. The negative aspect of this needs not to be explained, as in many cases this leaves perfectly fertile soils, utterly useless.

Both water and land are greatly impacted by the extraction of oil and gas, which we consider a big price to pay for the commodities those fuels offer us.