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Opinion: How the Oil and Gas Industry Can Minimize Its Footprint

By Benjamin Dierker, Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (Aii)

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Energy producers are instrumental in the critical supply chain for energy resources and manufacturing inputs. They are also key environmental stewards in extracting hazardous but necessary liquids and gases and ensuring their safe transport and storage. But spills and accidents still occur. Through implementing best practices, based on an accumulation of data, such accidents can be prevented, mitigated and their risks reduced.

To make progress in improving operations, the fossil fuel industry would benefit from better data, a regular survey designed to gain a granular understanding of incident rates and detailed assessment of root causes leading to breakdowns. 

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