Let’s face it, when it comes to environmental stewardship, oil and gas companies get a bad press. The media have successfully portrayed the worst aspects of this industry, notably graphic representations of wrecked oil tankers, flailing in raging surf and brown foam, against a backdrop of glistening black shores with heart-wrenching images of oil-drenched birds and lifeless sea otters. As a result of these connotations, a recently discovered and potentially significant environmental benefit of the oil and gas industry could prove controversial.

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