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1 Introduction
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... have helped produce natural gas and oil in volumes that allowed the country to reduce its crude oil imports by more than 50% and to become a net natural gas exporter.1 Some reservoirs, for example, the Mississippian Limestone Play in Oklahoma and Kansas, are largely conventional,2 but have also benefitted from use of unconventional technologies. The regional and national economic and energy advances gained through production and use of these resources have been accompanied, however, by rapid expansion of the infrastructure associated with the development of these fields and public concern over the impacts to surface- and groundwater, air, land, and communities where the resources are extracted.
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... . Specifically, the workshop sought to examine the lifecycle development of these fields, including decommissioning and reclamation of wells and related surface and pipeline infrastructure, and the approaches from industry practice, scientific research, and regulation that could help to ensure management of the operations in ways that minimize impacts to the environment throughout their active lifetimes and after operations have ceased.
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... The Roundtable suggested convening this workshop around a conversation that characterized assets and risks embodied in deploying and operating unconventional oil and gas infrastructure and identified what is known and unknown about potential negative environmental legacy issues associated with development of the resources. Haggerty noted that the focus of the workshop's first day was on identifying, framing, and describing opportunities and challenges to ensure successful decommissioning, reclamation, and long-term stewardship of unconventional oil and gas fields, particularly related to land and water resources.

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