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A Move for Effective and Efficient Fracking Regulation

fracking  fracking fluid  hydraulic fracturing  regulation  access  economic benefits  safety standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 21, 2013

Legislation passed by the U.S. House would help preserve effective state regulation of hydraulic fracturing by limiting Interior Department enforcement of unnecessary fracking rules on public lands. Effective regulation has an important role in safe and responsible energy development, and states are best positioned to do just that. Erik Milito, API’s director of upstream and industry operations:

“Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are safe, proven technologies that have allowed the U.S. tooutpace Russia as the world’s number one producer of oil and natural gas. Job growth, energy security, andgovernment revenue are all rising due to the U.S. energy revolution, and state regulators are in the best positionto preserve America’s progress while protecting our natural resources with rules tailored to local hydrology,geology, and natural resources.”

The combination of advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling launched the current shale energy revolution in America– a surge that can continue with increased access to oil and natural gas reserves, including those on public lands, and common-sense regulation led by the states. In terms of future economic growth and greater security in the world, U.S. shale energy is agame-changer. Below are 10 things everyone should know about it.

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Investing in Environmentally Safe and Responsible Development

industry standards  hydraulic fracturing  water management 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 11, 2013

The oil and natural gas industry supports safe and responsible energy development of America’s shale reserves. Three recent news reports underscore the time, innovation and energy various companies are investing in reducing surface impacts while protecting water supplies and air quality.

The Greeley (CO) Tribune reports on environmentally friendly measures companies are using in energy-rich Weld County. These include:

  • Recycling water – Water produced during hydraulic fracturing is being captured and recycled, helping reduce water needs for future fracking jobs.
  • Water supply – Companies are piping water into sites where hydraulic fracturing is being used to reduce the need for water supplied by trucks, also reducing traffic.

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Understanding Fracking

fracking  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas from shale  oil drilling  standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 18, 2013

A recent University of Texas poll points up an interesting disconnect in Americans: While more than 80 percent of those surveyed said they support natural gas development, they’re much less enthusiastic about the process that has made possible America’s energy resurgence: hydraulic fracturing. ...

No doubt, this results from misinformation and confusion spread by opponents of natural gas development. By its nature scaremongering attracts attention, and the poll indicates many Americans need more information about the process that has made possible the ongoing U.S. energy renaissance – natural gas and oil. ... 

No problem. When it comes to hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – the twinned processes that have unlocked America’s shale energy wealth – facts aren’t in short supply.

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A Commitment to Safety

Offshore Production  Safety  standards  api standards program  Environment 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 29, 2013

With the proviso that we’re still evaluating proposed new federal standards for offshore oil and natural gas production systems announced last week, the incorporation of a number of industry standards in the proposal is encouraging.

The 149-page proposal from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) would update standards that haven’t been changed much since they were first published in 1988.

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API Standards – For Safe, Responsible Development

safety standards  energy safety  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 1, 2013

API is out with two new oil and natural gas industry standards on well design and drilling operations:

  • Deepwater well design and construction
  • Protocol for verification and validation of high-pressure, high-temperature equipment

Both represent advancements toward making oil and natural gas extraction safer – for people and the environment. David Miller, API director of standards:

“Every industry standard we develop shares the goal of safely and responsibly producing more of the energy America needs. These new guidelines will help the industry to continue operating safely in deeper, higher pressure, and higher temperature environments. As changing technologies provide better opportunities to develop the energy that fuels America, industry standards must adapt as well.”

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