"NOT COOL. Destroying Precious Land for Gas?!"

Olivia Wilde

No one wants to “destroy” land, nor does fracking come anywhere close to doing that. For example, advances in horizontal drilling have allowed for fewer well pads, which means less overall surface impact. As the U.S. Department of Energy states: “The amount of surface disturbance for horizontal wells is less than that needed for vertical drilling. Horizontal drilling technology used in shale gas plays allows for more wells to radiate outward from a single pad. Fewer well pads reduce the number of roads, pipelines, and the amount of infrastructure needed.” We considered rating this LE-OH NO!, but since oil and natural gas development does use land – like wind turbines, solar panels, and literally any other economic activity imaginable – we charitably gave Ms. Wilde a pass on her opinion about land use.

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