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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 Wallace
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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Shifting Into Drive, Powering Past Impossible

power-past-impossible  technology  innovation 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted February 2, 2018

We’ve written before about how natural gas and oil, and the products derived from them, help make today’s automobiles more modern, efficient and safe, from the vehicles racing on the NASCAR circuit and Indy to the family car. This week at the Washington Auto Show we got an up-close look at a broad range of cars, including a fair number of futuristic concept cars and technologies. The show runs through this Sunday at the D.C. Convention Center.

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The Meaning of 10.038 Million Barrels Per Day

oil and natural gas production  shale energy  us energy security  technology innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 1, 2018

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that in November, U.S. oil production hit 10.038 million barrels per day

– the most in half a century. Three big takeaways: America is stronger and our future is more secure; our industry's technologies are building a better future; and U.S. energy is in it for the long haul.

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State of American Energy 2018: Powering Past Impossible

state of american energy  american petroleum institute  power-past-impossible  technology  innovation  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 9, 2018

State of American Energy 2018API President and CEO Jack Gerard described the natural gas and oil industry as technologically advanced, innovative and forward looking – all critically important to continued delivery of the energy Americans use every day for transportation, essential consumer products, life-saving technologies and more. Our industry is up to helping Americans meet the challenges of today and tomorrow – endeavors that hinge on energy.

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Technology Moves U.S. Energy Ahead

carbon capture  carbon dioxide emissions  technology  innovation  exxonmobil 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 18, 2016

It doesn’t get enough notice: The U.S. energy renaissance is a revolution built on advanced technology and the ongoing quest to problem solve.

One of the best examples is hydraulic fracturing, the most important reason the United States leads the world in oil and natural gas production. Industry innovators took a process used for more than 60 years, modernized it and married it with it with advanced horizontal drilling to safely unleash previously inaccessible oil and natural gas reserves from shale and other tight-rock formations. It transformed America’s energy picture from one of scarcity and dependence to one of abundance and greater self-sufficiency.

The moral: When conventional wisdom says something can’t be done, just wait. Necessity, innovation and technology are marvelous at proving conventional wisdom shortsighted or wrong. On advancing new energy technologies to develop oil and gas more efficiently and in ways that are better for the environment, our industry isn’t standing still.


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Cleaner Fuels for Cleaner Air

air quality  fuels  environmental expenditures  investments  gasoline  diesel  technology innovation  refineries 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 5, 2015

To a large degree, cleaner air in the United States results from innovations and improvements in transportation fuels over the past four decades. This is important, because the freedom to travel has been ingrained in the American psyche since the days when waves of westward migration began spanning the continent.

Today, Americans are used to free and independent movement, with the average person traveling more than 13,600 miles a year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Meanwhile, Americans’ modern lifestyles depend on freight haulers that deliver commercial goods to the places where they live. The 4 million miles of highways and roads that make up a large portion of the U.S. transportation network serve as the country’s arterial system – and energy makes it go. Refineries supply more than 130 billion gallons of gasoline and 60 billion gallons of diesel a year to power trucks, barges, ships and trains connecting consumers with consumable goods.

The oil and natural gas industry is meeting the challenge of fueling America’s transportation needs while advancing air quality goals that benefit all Americans – by investing in cleaner, safer fuels and next-generation technologies for the future.

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