No worries! The environmental footprint of the surveys is zero.
Giorgos Mykoniatis, ELPE, 01/12/ 2018
An honest and conscientious man in the petroleum industry is so rare that he is considered a museum species.
Harold L. Ickes, US Secretary of State, 1936
80 % of Italy’s crude oil is extracted from the Val d’Agri area of that country’s Basilicata region, with serious repercussions on the environment, and on the social and urban fabric. The strong aromatic polycyclic hydrocarbon and hydrogen sulphide fumes given off by the 47 wells are a threat to the environment and biodiversity. There has been no marked increase in the wealth of the local population, who are actually leaving the area at an increasing rate.
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Can we really not worry?
Thinking the scenario of an accident - do not forget that we live in one of Europe's most earthquake areas - we not just worry, we are terrified!
Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.
The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused to local populations by air pollution as well as to people across the globe affected by the floods, droughts and storms being driven by climate change.
So, those polluters who never pay the costs, try to convince us that we don't have to worry, that they care for us and our land ... Who believes them?