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  •  There are set backs from lease lines (0+ / 0-)

    Drilling a well right next to a lease line is not permitted -- the well needs to be set back some distance from the lease line, so you don't drain the oil or gas from land where you don't hold the rights. This is enforced during the permitting process for new wells. There are also restrictions on how far the as-drilled well can deviate from the approved plan.

    The other thing to remember is that fracturing rock is expensive. Oil & gas companies don't want hydraulic fractures to be too big and certainly don't want them to be uncontrolled in any way. No, this is not from the goodness of their hearts, but from the simple fact that it wastes a lot of money.

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