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Oil and gas production releases pollution that can have serious impacts on people's health and the surrounding air, water, and land. Although these operations are frequently located near homes, schools, and other community resources, the oil and gas industry enjoys numerous exemptions from provisions of federal laws intended to protect human health and the environment. This October 2007 report provides a comprehensive assessment of these loopholes, which allow oil and gas companies to continue polluting despite the risks, and describes the available, often economical solutions for using technology to reduce environmental contamination. The report also includes personal stories from people living in communities affected by oil and gas drilling.

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Executive Summary
Chapter 1: Chemicals Involved in Oil and Gas Production Can Harm Health
Chapter 2: Unchecked Emissions from Oil and Gas Facilities Can Pollute Our Air
Chapter 3: Activities at Oil and Gas Facilities Can Pollute Our Water
Chapter 4: Toxic Substances Associated with Oil and Gas Facilities Can Pollute Our Land
Chapter 5: Solutions to Oil and Gas Pollution Problems Are Available, Often Economical, and Often Easy
Conclusion and Recommendations

last revised 10/30/2007

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