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Wyoming sees increase in drilling-related spills in 2023. Is it a problem?

Oil and gas companies in the Mountain West report thousands of drill-related spills each year, including spills of crude oil and chemical water used in hydraulic fracking, which can result in adverse effects to land, potable water and wildlife.

In Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, the amount of spills over time have stayed roughly steady even as the amount of oil and gas production has increased, suggesting that regulations designed to rein in spills do not inhibit production and have more or less maintained a lid on risk.

However, a new report shows that drilling-related spills in the oil and...

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