What Types of Contamination Do Oil Companies Cause?
Oil and gas companies can cause air, land, and water pollution with their operations, which involve drilling rigs, wells, compressor stations, and pipelines. For instance, oilfield operations may tarnish property by leaving numerous ruts, trenches, slush pits, and mud pits. Oil, gas, and waste can also harm vegetation and local wildlife. One of the most serious forms of property contamination occurs when harmful metals, salts, hydrocarbons and toxic waste from oil and gas drilling impacts a region's water supplies, including aquifers, wells, rivers, creeks, and lakes.
If an oil or gas corporation has been negligent in their cleanup, it can scar the landscape, contaminate drinking water, and leave behind equipment that can also pose a danger to the people living on the property.