Environmental disturbances surrounding Oil and Gas fields

Oil fields have become a very common sight in most nations worldwide, with the growth in their demand increasing over the decades. Nations have become so hungry for crude oil that oil drilling has become one of the best ways to maintain a dynamic economy. Oil wells have proven to be a lucrative source of fuel for our energy-based economy and cash to investors worldwide. Harnessing this wonder commodity has resulted in severe disturbances to habitats that have previously flourished. Such ecological imbalances due to oil drilling have resulted in negative effects to the fragile environment, resulting in an irreplaceable loss of plant and animal life.

It can be said that mankind, in its fight for survival, has completely neglected to take care of nature within their boundaries, that is the very key to their life. The main aim of the oil drilling companies is to concentrate on profit building, while in the process totally neglecting the after affects to the environment and the people in the surrounding areas. This can be considered a really questionable act, on the part of the oil drilling companies.

Indeed, the government has to tighten the noose around such companies who show scant respect to the protection and preservation of the environment. In the past there had been several reported cases where oil drilling companies have abandoned operations after finding that the oil wells have worn out. But before they leave such places, they seldom take the precautions necessary to properly shut down the oil wells. This leads to the seeping and leakage of oil and natural gas from such drilling sites. This can very well pose great risks to nearby settlements.

There have been a slew of such similar cases in the past where, due to leakage of natural gas and oil, the neighborhood population was forced to leave and relocate themselves. In several such cases, the people approached the government and filed lawsuits against such erring companies in an effort to get adequate compensation for relocation. There have been other cases where such seeping oil wells have contaminated other nearby oil wells and resulted in health risks for nearby residents. Several oil drilling companies had to pay very hefty compensations when such lawsuits were filed and can pose a continuing problem which can drag on for several years.

It can be really disturbing to realize that such environmental disturbances and health hazards could have been avoided, if only the oil and gas companies had taken proper steps to plug in the abandoned oil wells. Hence, it is high time that oil companies understand the seriousness of their actions and take the best measures in the future to abide by the correct procedures before decommissioning oil wells.

Chris Termeer

Chris Termeer is an oil and gas consultant, industry commentator and analyst. His book, Fundamentals of Investing in Oil and Gas provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, drilling, production, storage, transportation and refining, to name but a few.

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