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The development of the US unconventional oil and gas (UOG) industry has had transformative impacts on the energy outlook both nationally and internationally. At the same time, the growing threat of climate change and its relationship to fossil fuel use is receiving increased amounts of attention, casting doubt on the sustainability of current levels of natural gas extraction and use. Another issue related to the environmental sustainability of the UOG industry is the impact on water resources, particularly in semi-arid regions of the US where several major UOG basins are located.

Compounding the perceived unsustainability of the UOG industry with respect to water is the severe  drought that is impacting much of the US. As of August 17, 2021, greater than 47% of the area of the lower 48 states in the US was affected by some level of drought (NOAA, 2021). Drought conditions were impacting almost 75 million people, including populations that are in many of the of the most productive UOG basins (NOAA, 2021).

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About Project Canary

Project Canary is an independent certification organization that measures, tracks, and delivers trusted ESG data across the energy value chain. They are the leaders in the rating and certification of responsible energy operating practices and provide science and technology-backed emission profiles via continuous monitoring hardware synced with a real-time dashboard. Project Canary Upstream (TrustWell) Certifications, Midstream Certifications, and Canary Continuous Monitoring help identify the most responsible energy supply chain operators. Formed as a Public Benefit Corporation, Project Canary’s team of scientists, engineers, and seasoned industry operators have earned recognition for their uncompromising standards, including being named “Best for the World 2021” B Corp. projectcanary.com

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