Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted September 17, 2019
With industry keenly focused on conserving water in production zones across the country, a draft federal water reuse plan unveiled this summer by EPA has the potential to foster innovations and investments that can accelerate sound management practices.
In official comments on the plan, API and a number of other energy associations encouraged the agency to consider ways to “provide maximum flexibility, certainty, and clarity” to existing regulatory structures while removing federal barriers within the federal government’s control that discourage and disincentivize the reuse, recycling, and fit-for-treatment uses of water.
At issue is water produced in association with well development that must be captured and accounted for in ways that protect the environment – including treating it for reuse in energy operations or disposal in federally regulated disposal wells.
Posted August 12, 2019
America’s natural gas and oil industry long has safeguarded wildlife and their habitat, seeking effective conservation measures to protect them amid ongoing energy exploration and production.
Through voluntary programs and collaboration with state and federal wildlife management agencies and non-profit conservation organizations, industry is committed to species protection and natural habitat conservation – from watershed protections, to understanding and planning around migration patterns, to the cultivation of outdoor recreational activities on leased lands.
Now these efforts will be bolstered with the Interior Department’s new action to clarify and improve the implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), by reducing duplicative and unnecessary regulations.
Posted May 2, 2019
Offshore energy development has delivered yet another economic and conservation boost to states – this time to the tune of $215 million.
The U.S. Department of the Interior disbursed the funds last week to the four Gulf natural gas and oil producing states – Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and their coastal political subdivisions – for use toward coastal conservation and hurricane protection projects. And the best part? Not a single dollar came from taxpayers.
Posted July 10, 2018
Offshore energy development works for the states – all of them.
The U.S. Interior Department recently announced that $61.6 million in revenues from offshore oil and natural gas will be distributed to all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia – via grants that support state conservation and outdoor recreation projects.Ponder that: You don’t have to be a coastal state; you don’t have to be a producing state. Under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA), everyone benefits from offshore natural gas and oil revenues that are earmarked for Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants.
Posted May 11, 2018
Protecting the environment is a core industry value. The environment belongs to everyone, and our companies and their employees are committed to producing natural gas and oil as safely as possible. This commitment includes preserving habitat and looking out for wildlife.
In this 2016 post and this post earlier this year, API colleague Kate Wallace detailed how companies have monitored elk populations in Wyoming and polar bears in Alaska, created artificial reefs off the Gulf Coast, developed pollinator gardens and bee sanctuaries and more. Companies also worked across five western states to create conservation areas for the lesser prairie chicken and preserve habitat for the sage-grouse. Our commitment is backed up by action.That’s why we’re optimistic a constructive and comprehensive plan can be crafted to take care of the dunes sagebrush lizard in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico while also maintaining critically important natural gas and oil production in the region – which would be unlikely if a new effort to list the lizard as endangered under federal law succeeds.
Posted February 22, 2018
Posted January 10, 2018
Protecting wildlife and preserving habitats near industry operations is a big priority for our companies. It takes study and resources, but both objectives are well worth the investment. As members of our communities, we want to see wildlife and their homes sustained for generations to come.
Posted September 29, 2016
Protecting our habitats is something industry has championed for some time. Back in 1987, Occidental Petroleum came across a rare looking plant on one of its drilling sites in Colorado. The plant, later identified as the parachute penstemon, can only be found in Colorado and is considered one of the rarest plants in North America.
Posted September 15, 2016
Access to land and water is important to industry, but these are critical to the wildlife that live there, from birds and butterflies to all kinds of animal life. The use of modern hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – which allows widespread oil and gas operations from a single surface well pad – is a big part of limiting industry’s footprint. So is understanding the local wildlife.
Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 11, 2009