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Environment

Environmental Principles

The members of API are dedicated to continuous efforts to improve the compatibility of their operations with the environment while economically developing energy resources and supplying high quality products and services to consumers.

Our members recognize their responsibility to work with the public, the government, and others to develop and to use natural resources in an environmentally sound manner while protecting the health and safety of our employees and the public.

Clean Air

The petroleum industry is committed to improving air quality, while continuing to meet the energy demands of our nation. Cleaning the air requires a sound scientific understanding of the sources and impacts of air contaminants.

Ozone

Ozone is a form of oxygen, the molecule contains three oxygen atoms and has the same chemical structure whether it is found high in the atmosphere or at ground-level. Ozone is unstable and will readily combine with other atoms.

Particulate Matter

Particulate matter (PM) is a complex mixture of tiny particles that consists of dry solid fragments, solid cores with liquid coatings, and small droplets of liquid. These particles vary greatly in shape, size and chemical composition, and can be made up of many different materials such as metals, soot, soil, and dust.

Other Air Standards

There are other requirements and issues related to clean air. Included are New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) in particular source categories, and State Implementation Plans (SIPs).

Air Toxics

In the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act (CAA), provisions were added to regulate the emissions of 188 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from stationary and mobile sources.

Air Permits

In the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act (CAA), provisions were added to regulate the emissions of 188 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from stationary and mobile sources.

Clean Water

Clean water is vital to life and its supply is limited, so it must be utilized carefully to be sure it is protected for future generations. API and our members work to ensure the continued availability of high quality water.

Surface Water Quality

Water quality criteria are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended maximum concentrations for pollutants in ambient waters. The values are calculated, using primarily laboratory data, to protect most of the species most of the time, on a national basis. State agencies incorporate EPA’s water quality criteria or other state-approved site-specific criteria into legally enforceable water quality standards.

Soil and Groundwater Research

The API Soil and Groundwater Technical Group provides an expert, multidisciplinary focal point with API to address soil and groundwater issues. The Task Group identifies and defines emerging technical issues , and develops research programs to address these issues.

Water Conservation

The oil and natural gas industry practices environmental protection and water conservation as a part of many of their operations. These practices are good for business, of course, but they also help protect and conserve resources. As an example, it is common practice for oil refineries to employ "cogeneration". That means that excess energy from normal operations, either in the form of steam or heat, can be used to create additional electrical power.

Oil Spill Prevention and Response

Oil is an essential resource to power our world. Industry goes to great lengths to prevent spills in order to protect our environment and conserve a vital natural resource that supports our economy and way of life.

Clean Water Groups

The Clean Water Issues Group addresses issues concerning regulations dealing with potential industry impacts on surface water quality, including effluents to surface water controlled under EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.

Climate Change

It is clear that climate change is a serious problem that requires research for solutions and effective policies that allow us to meet our energy needs while protecting the environment: that's why oil and gas companies are working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Efficiency & Recycling

Find out what the oil and natural gas industry is doing through initiatives discussed below, and what you can do to conserve natural resources including energy and water.

Environmental Performance

The U.S. oil and natural gas industry reliably provides the energy our nation needs each day to heat our homes, fuel our cars, bring food and goods to market, and cook our meals. This is thanks to the hard work and dedication of the 9.8 million men and women that support the oil and natural gas industry. But these innovative workers have also developed creative ways to provide this energy in ways that protect the earth we all share. This is because, like you, we all want to enjoy the quality lifestyle reliable energy provides along with a clean, safe and healthy environment. We also understand that the environment we share – the air we all breathe, the water we all drink and the land we all enjoy – is another important element of our quality of life. And through rigorous controls and technological innovations, we are taking better and better care of the natural environment.

Corporate Reporting

The oil and natural gas industry's record of performance provides detailed information in three areas: environmental performance, health and safety performance, and social and economic performance.

Environmental Stewardship

The members of API are dedicated to continuous efforts to improve the compatibility of their operations with the environment while economically developing energy resources and supplying high quality products and services to consumers.

Our members recognize their responsibility to work with the public, the government, and others to develop and to use natural resources in an environmentally sound manner while protecting the health and safety of our employees and the public.

Public-Private Partnerships

The petroleum industry has a long history of public-private partnerships aimed at finding cooperative solutions to environmental, educational and community issues.