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Trans-Alaska Pipeline Inspected by First FAA-Approved Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight UAS

technology innovation  Pipeline  alaska  safe operations 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted August 16, 2019

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks made history last month by completing the first true beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight under the small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule. The team flew a long-range hybrid-electric unmanned aircraft nearly four miles along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) UAS Integration Pilot Program – and in partnership with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

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Technological Innovation in the Bakken and Beyond

bakken formation  technology  technology innovation  Natural Gas Shale 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted July 22, 2019

Natural gas and oil play a role in virtually all aspects of modern life, powering the products and processes that get us from point A to point B, and serving as building blocks for the materials, products and tools that keep us happier, healthier and more connected than ever before.

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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

offshore safety  bsee  offshore technology  innovation 

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

offshore safety  safe operations  bsee  offshore technology  innovation 

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

power-past-impossible  natural gas  technology innovation 

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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New Ad: 'Brainpower,' Energy and a Better Future

oil and natural gas  technology  innovation  power-past-impossible 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 4, 2018

The message in “Brainpower,” API’s newest ad, is straightforward: The natural gas and oil industry leverages smart technologies, data analysis and more to safely and efficiently develop the energy Americans use to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

An industry that already was pretty brainy has upped its IQ.


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Innovation and Technology for Pipeline System Safety

technology  innovation  infrastructure  pipelines  safe operations 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 20, 2018

Through advanced technologies, innovative thinking and practices, the natural gas and oil industry is good at what it does, which is to safely supply the leading energy sources for the U.S. economy and Americans’ modern way of life.

But here’s the thing: While technology and innovation certainly describe today’s natural gas and oil industry, they must be accompanied by things like accountability, attention to detail and old-fashioned hard work by the women and men who work in it. 

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Technology Drives Safety and Environmental Progress

Safety  social-license-to-operate  Environment  workplace safety  technology innovation 

Kate Wallace

Kate Lowery
Posted February 8, 2018

Energy is fundamental to advancing our society. It’s essential to building a better future. And technology is the vehicle for modern energy production. We believe in technology and innovation. They define the 21st century natural gas and oil industry and our work to harness the energy our country uses to power past seemingly impossible challenges – in ways that are safe for our employees, our communities and the environment. 

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