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Responsible Drilling in the Oil and Gas Industry


Over the last several years, the rapid expansion of fracking in the U.S. has led to an abundance of domestic energy, a dramatic drop in oil and gas prices and thousands of jobs. Early fracking was largely unregulated, but as the industry has matured, legislators, operators and the public have continued to push for responsible drilling practices that address and minimize the risks of fracking.

The Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA) believes strongly that many of the health and safety hazards associated with fracking can be avoided if the process is done responsibly. Creating and enforcing responsible drilling rules and regulations would benefit all parties involved while minimizing fracking’s impact on the environment, workers and the local community.

For over 25 years, the LHSFNA has supported the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) by providing a broad range of resources and occupational health and safety services to help contractors protect their workers. In addition, the quality education and training workers receive from certified instructors at state-of-the art facilities means LIUNA is able to provide a skilled workforce that recognizes how to protect themselves and the public from safety and health hazards.

The following articles give more detail on potential responsible drilling initiatives that could be implemented across the oil and gas industry.


Responsible Drilling: Taking the Controversy Out of Fracking [Lifelines, May 2015]

Tackling Flowback Hazards on Fracking Sites [Lifelines, June 2015]

A Pipeline Primer for Construction Laborers [Lifelines, August 2015]

Does Fracking Really Use Too Much Water? [Lifelines, September 2015]


For more information on responsible drilling, order the Fund’s pamphlet: “Responsible Drilling: How Fracking Can Be Done Safely” in our Publications Catalogue or call the Occupational Safety & Health Division at 202-628-5465.