22 Aug '11, 2pm

Oil and gas industry doesn't really know how to clean up its messes

The New York Times recently ran an op-ed from NRDC President Frances Beinecke about the oil and gas industry's inability to handle the extreme risks associated with a spill from drilling in many places – let alone the wild oceans off the coast of Alaska, where the Obama administration recently gave Shell Oil preliminary approval to start drilling. You don’t have to look far for evidence – from BP’s oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last year, to spills of natural gas fracking waste, and the recent oil spill in Montana’s Yellowstone River. That’s why it was so baffling to hear an Exxon-Mobil spokesperson tell the Associated Press: "Nobody would have guessed how hard it would be" to clean up the mess in Montana. To the contrary, experts and environmentalists have been warning for decades that the health and safety risks of oil and gas production are too great, and tha...

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