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Enhanced Safety Standard Helps Protect Workers, Environment

api standards program  workplace safety  environmental impact 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 20, 2019

Over API’s 100-year history – we complete our first century next month – we’ve created more than 700 standards to enhance the safety, efficiency and sustainability of natural gas and oil operations. The newest of these updates Recommended Practice 54 (RP 54), which sets procedures to advance and maintain a safe and healthy work environment in drilling and well servicing operations.

Specifically, the new edition of RP 54 (first developed in 1981) includes a section on flowback operations, which is important for safe well testing. It also includes revised requirements for process hazard assessment for facilities and sites and introduces formal risk assessments and expanded provisions for offshore operations.


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Industry Commitment to Regulatory Compliance Never Goes on Furlough

regulations  safety standards  government  industry standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 28, 2019

The reopening of the federal government is welcome news for everyone. As one of the country’s most regulated sectors, the natural gas and oil industry urged resolution, recognizing the important federal role in our nation’s energy sector – including infrastructure project review, issuing permits and other activities.

That said, we’ll point out that during the shutdown, industry operated safely and efficiently each and every day, providing the natural gas and oil that support economic expansion, deliver valuable benefits to consumers, strengthen U.S. security and help advance progress on climate and environmental goals.

Industry’s commitment to regulatory compliance was unaffected by the shutdown, including regulation by EPA, the Bureau of Land Management, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies – as well as state regulations. 

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EPA's Missed Opportunity with Proposed OOOOa Amendments

emission reductions  methane  production  standards  epa 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted November 14, 2018

The good news is that EPA’s proposed amendments to the 2016 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) OOOOa rule will continue the rule’s ability to effectively reduce volatile organic compound and methane emissions from all emission sources addressed in the previous administration’s rule. Methane is the primary component of natural gas – a key product for industry. Producers are incentivized to bring that product to consumers, making its capture a top priority from a business standpoint, in addition to the environmental considerations. Unfortunately, the proposed rule includes several missed opportunities, and could ultimately stifle innovative new technologies in emissions detection and increase the cost of energy for Americans.

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As Hurricane Michael Approaches

hurricanes  hurricane preparedness  safety standards  fuels  consumers 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted October 10, 2018

As officials at the National Hurricane Center monitor the projected path of Michael (below, as of Wednesday afternoon), here are a few things to know about industry’s preparations and the critically important fuel supply chain.

As with all impactful storms, industry’s focus is first and foremost safety and keeping the market well-supplied, including storm-affected areas. The nation’s fuel supply system is large, geographically diverse and adaptable – and has a history of responses that minimize disruptions.


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Weighing In on EPA's Wastewater Study

water management  recycled water  epa  industry standards 

Reid Porter

Reid Porter
Posted October 9, 2018

EPA held a public hearing on its Study of Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management and heard a number of comments. These include those from operators and trade associations representing industry nationally and in states with high levels of oil and natural gas production – all supporting safe, responsible onshore development using innovative solutions that protect water. A sampling.

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As Hurricane Florence Approaches

hurricanes  fuels  safety standards  consumers  hurricane preparedness 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 13, 2018

As officials at the National Hurricane Center monitor the projected path of Florence, here are a few things to know about industry’s preparations and the critically important fuel supply chain.

First, industry’s focus – as with all impactful storms – is safety and keeping the market well-supplied, including storm-affected areas. The nation’s fuel supply system is large, geographically diverse and adaptable – and in the past has responded to minimize disruptions.


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Next On Ozone

ozone standards  air quality  epa 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 21, 2018

EPA’s recent decision not to revisit 2015 ozone standards suggests a couple of points as the agency looks ahead to its scheduled 2020 review of the ozone air quality standards.

First, it’s imperative that EPA build its 2020 review around quality science – for one, to properly consider background levels of ozone and how they affect where the federal government sets the standards. For some parts of the country the 2015 standards were near levels of background ozone – setting up compliance problems for places such as Yellowstone National Park.

Second, on the road to the 2020 review, there should be discussion of implementation relief – from EPA or directly by Congress legislatively. 

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Energy and ‘Safe + Sound Week’

workplace safety  safety standards  api 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 13, 2018

API is proud to partner with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for “Safe +Sound Week” (through Sunday), a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of safety and health programs. This includes management leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.

To mark “Safe + Sound Week,” API is making 22 of its most important safety standards available for free, accessible here.

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Know What’s Below – Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig

811  safety standards 

Jessica  Lutz

Jessica Lutz
Posted August 3, 2018

Did you know that we’re a week away from National 8-1-1 Day? It might not sound as exciting as National Donut Day, or the recent National Emoji Day (really!), but it might just save you from a huge hassle and keep you safe the next time you plant trees or shrubs.  

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Joint Worker Safety Program to Help Sustain U.S. Energy

workforce  unions  infrastructure  safety standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 18, 2018

The deep relationship between the U.S. natural gas and oil industry and America’s building trades unions – the men and women who build much of our country’s energy infrastructure – is getting deeper.

In remarks to the annual legislative conference of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), API President and CEO Jack Gerard announced a new program to join the best practices of the two organizations in a new safety initiative, applicable to all energy infrastructure construction.

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