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Balancing Safe Energy, Environmental Protection

shale energy  safe operations  hydraulic fracturing  horizontal drilling  fracking  safety standards  economic benefits  pennsylvania 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted January 22, 2015

Small business owner Laura Ross in Washington, Pa., has a stake in safe energy development and environmental stewardship.

In the new television ad below, Ross talks about how her café and other businesses in town have seen an economic boost because of nearby energy development. But she’s also mindful of the environment, because her business carries items produced by local farms. The fact that hydraulic fracturing has been done safely for more than 65 years is reassuring to her and her patrons.

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Safe Fracking Benefits America

fracking  hydraulic fracturing  safety standards  economic benefits  greenhouse gas emissions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 3, 2014

Following up on last week’s rebuttal of a truth-challenged attack on hydraulic fracturing in a USA Today op-ed, in which we detail how federal and state regulation, combined with industry standards are protecting the environment, water supplies and communities.

The op-ed by the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Amy Mall opens by posing a false choice for Americans: economic and energy security from development using fracking or safety. It continues:

… a controversial new extraction technology known as "fracking" — combined with unprecedented exemptions for the industry from bedrock federal environmental and public health laws — has fueled a recent explosion in domestic oil and gas development. And safeguards have not kept pace.

Fracking isn’t new. Earlier this year the U.S. marked the 65th anniversary of the first commercial use of hydraulic fracturing. Fracking pre-dates McDonald’s, diet soft drinks, credit cards and more – even Barbie. It’s a fact, and saying otherwise is dishonest.

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Advancing Industry’s Safety Culture

center for offshore safety  safety standards  offshore development  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 16, 2014

Industry’s commitment to enhancing the safety to offshore energy development in the four years since the Macondo incident was reflected in a half-day program on prevention and response sponsored by the Center for Offshore Safety(COS) at last week’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.

The COS hosted two panel discussions – one focused on developing effective safety systems, and a second that centered on the actions, processes and leadership needed to build strong safety cultures.

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Video: The Broad Benefits of Shale Energy

shale energy  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  safety standards 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 26, 2014

Check out a video interview in which Karen Moreau, executive director of the New York State Petroleum Council, talks about how advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling launched the ongoing U.S. energy revolution by accessing oil and natural gas held in shale and other tight-rock formations.

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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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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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Capping Stack: A Positive Outcome from a Tragic Accident

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy iq  gulf of mexico  offshore operations  oil spill  safety standards  spill response  technology innovation  department of the interior  oil spill containment 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted April 18, 2011

It looks like a child's toy gyroscope on steroids, and it has the technology necessary to stop the flow from a well blowout on the ocean floor. It's the capping stack developed and built by a consortium of oil companies in response to the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago. 

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The Deepwater Horizon Investigation and API's Standards

deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  offshore drilling  oil spill  safety standards  pipeline safety  well construction 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 29, 2010

When investigators try to determine exactly what transpired prior to any accident, a portion of their research boils down to two key questions: "What did you know, and when did you know it?" 

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