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Reasonable and Prudent Practices for Stabilization (RAPPS) of Oil and Gas Construction Sites

An oil and gas industry technical working group comprised of API members, independents, and trade association representatives, convened over two years ago by API, recently finalized a guidance document on stormwater. The new 2009 guidance will serve as a readily applicable tool for operators to use to efficiently and effectively maximize control of stormwater discharges at oil and natural gas exploration and production activities throughout the contiguous U.S.

    RAPPS Guidance Document
    Size: 5.12 MB| Date: September 9, 2009 | License: Free

State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations

STRONGER is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization whose purpose is to assist states in documenting the environmental regulations associated with the exploration, development and production of crude oil and natural gas. The name, STRONGER, is an acronym for State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations. STRONGER was formed in 1999 to reinvigorate and carry forward the state review process begun cooperatively in 1988 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC).

Managing Produced Water Releases

The exploration and production (E&P) industry uses great care during the handling and disposal of the produced water that is generated as a normal part of oil and gas production. However, unintentional releases can occur.  Depending on the chemical composition of the produced water and the nature of the local environment, salts associated with such releases have the potential to impact soils, vegetation, and water resources.

Rigs to Reef Programs Create Valuable Fish Habitat

Recycling retired oil and natural gas platforms as artificial reefs has proven to be an effective tool for fisheries management. As offshore platforms reach the end of their useful lives, fishermen and marine biologists expressed concern about the loss of the enhanced fish habitat they create. Following up on the concerns expressed, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) adopted a rigs-to-reefs policy that supports and encourages the reuse of these structures in the development of artificial reefs. Sometimes platforms are toppled in place, and sometimes they are towed to an alternate location and sunk there to create an artificial reef. To date, 151 platforms have been recycled as artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. The rigs-to-reefs program provides all around benefits: for the marine environment, by enhancing fish habitat; for the State, by enhancing recreational and commercial fishing; and for producing companies, through cost savings and beneficial reuse of platforms that otherwise would become scrap metal and material.

E&P Companies Voluntarily Reduce Emissions Through EPA Natural Gas STAR Program

Since 1994, the American Petroleum Institute has been an official endorser of the Natural Gas STAR Program, a voluntary partnership between EPA and the oil and gas industry designed to cost-effectively reduce methane emissions. Together, API and Natural Gas STAR are working to promote a common goal of profitably reducing methane emissions in the oil and gas industry.

Resource Center for Risk-Based Methodologies for Evaluating Petroleum Hydrocarbon Impacts at Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Sites

This site contains useful reports, presentations, software tools and links for developing risk-based screening levels for crude oil (TPH) affected soil at E&P sites.