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A Model for Environmental Collaboration and Progress

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 10, 2019

A big shout-out to The Environmental Partnership, which in just over a year has more than doubled in size and whose members account for a sizeable portion of U.S. natural gas production. No less significant is what the Partnership is doing to achieve environmental and climate progress.

Indeed, a key to the progress the Partnership has made is its model of substantive, almost unprecedented information sharing and collaboration on technologies and techniques to reduce methane emissions. It’s a model that could be applied to meet other challenges in the future. …

While some opponents of natural gas and oil dismiss the idea that a voluntary, industry-led partnership can lead to important environmental results, the collaborative dynamic that was on display at a recent Partnership workshop in Oklahoma City argues otherwise.

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Youth, Brainpower and Meeting Energy’s Challenges

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 7, 2019

Four students from The Village School in Houston are winners of the Offshore Technology Conference’s high school competition, the OTC Energy Challenge, which focuses students on working on real-world issues. 

They represent the next generation of women and men who no doubt will be at the forefront of meeting future challenges associated with the production and use of energy.


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Revised Well Control Rule Critical to Meet Offshore Challenges

offshore drilling safety  oil and natural gas  regulation  technology 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 30, 2019

Soon the federal government is expected to release its updated offshore well control rule, one that improves on its 2016 predecessor by providing flexibility to meet specific challenges across a variety of offshore conditions while encouraging innovation and technologies that help improve safety.

We expect that opponents of natural gas and oil development anywhere to attack the updated rule when it’s released. Yet, fact and logic will weigh heavily against them.

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The Feat That is America's Energy Revolution

energy future  oil and natural gas  us energy security  technology  innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 29, 2019

The U.S. energy revolution remains a feat to behold. Benefits to the economy, consumers and manufacturing and a boost to America’s stature in the world and our national security. API President and CEO Mike Sommers touched on a number of these points during a conversation at the National Review Institute’s 2019 Ideas Summit. …

Abundant natural gas and oil reserves, technology and innovation created this revolution and, with the right policies, the U.S. can sustain and grow its energy leadership. “For our future energy needs,” Sommers said, “that’s how we’re going to supply the world.”


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Safe or Safer Offshore Regulatory Compliance, Part 2

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 7, 2019

In this post last week we explained how alternative measures, approved by federal officials, may be used to comply with the 2016 well control rule, as well as all regulatory requirements associated with offshore oil and natural gas development. …

Now the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is chiming in – not surprising, since the agency’s integrity was besmirched. In a letter to members of Congress this week, Lars Herbst, BSEE’s Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf regional director, called the regulatory provision for alternative procedures or equipment “long-standing,” having been granted by the previous administration as well as the current one. Herbst writes that “zero” waivers have been granted by BSEE regarding the well control rule.


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Safe or Safer Offshore Regulatory Compliance

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 28, 2019

Months before the federal offshore well control rule went into effect in July 2016, API told Congress the safety regulation could actually increase risks associated with offshore oil and natural gas development – that its rigid requirements could stifle innovation and thwart the effectiveness of new operational technologies.

The 2016 rule is an example of “prescriptive” regulation, a one-size-fits-all approach that requires certain processes, procedures and tests. It was and is the wrong approach for offshore safety – mainly because every oil and natural gas well has different characteristics: geology, depth, water pressure and temperature and other variables that factor into developing the best safety plan for a particular well.

In that context offshore operators seek government-approved alternative compliance paths – which they’ve done since the rule’s launch in 2016, when the Obama administration was in charge of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the overseer of offshore safety. Indeed, the requests show the rule needs fixing.

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Shell Partner Receives FAA Approval for Drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight

technology  technology innovation  permian basin 

Emily Smith

Emily Smith
Posted November 6, 2018

The natural gas and oil industry’s use of drones to inspect facilities and operations is getting a boost from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Shell’s partner Avitas Systems received an FAA waiver to fly drones for civil use beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) with the assistance of a radar in Loving County, Texas (USA). Typically, drones operated beyond line of sight require a spotter. It’s the first waiver of its kind from the FAA, and it could significantly increase the reach of aerial monitoring to inspect facilities and operations in expansive and often remote areas.

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Technologies, Innovations Advance Water Stewardship

water management  recycled water  hydraullic fracturing  innovation  technology  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 29, 2018

Responsibly managing water resources is fundamental to modern natural gas and oil development. The U.S. energy renaissance is being driven by high-tech hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, and those processes use water to produce the natural gas and oil that run our economy and the daily lives of individual Americans.

Though the amount of water used for energy is a fraction of overall water use by society – a Texas report pegged it at less than 1 percent of the state's total water use, industry knows that water is critically important to the welfare of the communities that host natural gas and oil development. Which is why individual companies are focused on cutting-edge technologies, systems and facilities to reuse water in their operations.

Bottom line: Using less freshwater to develop energy is important to communities and the environment – and it’s smart business as well. Examples of these technologies abound.



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Industry Innovation on Display

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Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted July 9, 2018

The precision and efficiency of natural gas and oil exploration, extraction, transportation and use are improving rapidly with the development of industry innovations and technologies, making operations cleaner than ever before. With suppliers, manufacturers and other thought leaders from across the industry and around the world producing leading-edge equipment and technologies that are moving our industry forward, there was no shortage of these innovations on display throughout the exhibit hall at the recent World Gas Conference.

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Video: ‘Impossible 2.0’ Ad and the Power for Modern Lives

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Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted June 13, 2018

By now you have probably seen “Impossible 2.0,” API’s new ad highlighting how natural gas and oil make our modern-day lives possible. They not only generate electricity and power vehicles but are the building blocks in so many of the fundamental necessities and comforts we enjoy each day — from communication, to transportation, to food, education, entertainment and more. 

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