28 Apr '14, 11am

How cities and companies can clean up oil extraction

How cities and companies can clean up oil extraction

Remember that line in "The Beverly Hillbillies" song? "Then one day he was shooting for some food, and up through the ground come a bubbling crude ..." Tapping the earth's energy sources was never quite that easy, but it's far more difficult today when we've exhausted the stores of carbon and oil that once sat close to the Earth's surface. A modern day Jed Clampett would have to dig 3,000 to 11,000 feet below the surface in order to get rich quick, and he'd risk a lot by tapping into the toxic and dangerous chemicals that exist at those depths. That risk multiplies when combined with the state of our national infrastructure. The pipelines, railroads and shipping containers energy companies use to move this difficult-to-extract, explosive oil have fallen into disrepair. Without adequate federal safety precautions and spill contingency plans, city sustainability managers and...

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