Editorial Comment ///

Some enviro-facts to remember. Our industry will likely never completely overcome the average citizen’s perception that we are polluters and defilers of the environment. However, following are a few facts and observations that should be made known to our detractors: Over the last 30 years, the surface area required for the average working drilling rig has been reduced by 70%, from 20 acres to only six acres. At the same time, the areal extent of a reservoir that such a rig can develop at 10,000 ft has increased 63-fold, from 502 acres in 1970 to around 32,000 acres today.

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