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Keystone XL – Still a Good Idea

keystone xl pipeline  Environment  Economy  Energy Security  jobs  policy  pipeline safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 25, 2014

A year ago President Obama clarified his position on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying that for him to approve the project it would need to meet two tests – that KXL would be in the national interest and would not “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.”

The second point first. The environmental test has been passed – five times, in fact. The U.S. State Department’s fifth environmental assessment – which examined the Keystone XL’s construction, operation and the impact of increased oil sands development as a result of the pipeline – concluded that the project would have no effect on oil sands production and no significant effect on the environment.

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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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Continually Raising the Bar on Safety

economic growth  oil spill prevention and response  Safety  Spill Prevention  spill response  dispersants  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 8, 2014

Highlights from API President and CEO Jack Gerard’s remarks at the 2014 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Savannah, Ga.:

  • The United States’ rise to energy superpower status, built on surging oil and natural gas production, will demand increased energy infrastructure.
  • Greater demand for energy will spotlight the oil and natural gas industry’s ability to develop reserves, but also how well industry transports and stores the energy it produces.
  • Continuing to add to and improve industry’s ability to prevent and prepare for spills, as well as its response if incidents occur, will be key to sustaining America’s oil and natural gas renaissance.

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Pipeline 101: Infrastructure That Fuels America

pipelines  pipeline construction  pipeline safety  oil and natural gas  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 29, 2014

Take a look at the fuels and products delivered every day by America’s sprawling network of liquid petroleum and natural gas pipelines, and you’ll develop a new appreciation for energy infrastructure: gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other fuels and natural gas and heating oil for our homes. Plus feedstocks to make products ranging from eyeglasses to pharmaceuticals. Pipelines are integral for modern living.

That’s why API’s recently launched “Pipeline 101” website is an important resource – to better understand the need for pipelines, as well as how they work, how safe they are and more.

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A System that Decides in Favor of Safety

safe operations  offshore drilling safety  center for offshore safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 21, 2014

I sat in on a luncheon briefing for reporters last week that featured Charlie Williams, executive director of the Center for Offshore Safety (COS), which focuses exclusively on enhancing the safety of offshore oil and natural gas.

Williams, a long-time engineer with Shell before agreeing to lead the COS, talked about the center’s activities in interesting detail – all designed to ensure a continuing culture of safety in offshore energy operations. It starts with recognizing where threats to safety come from and erecting barriers to those threats, he said.

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Problems With a Planned Economy – RFS Edition

renewable fuel standard  ethanol  e15  epa standards  consumers  engine safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 21, 2014

With winter grudgingly giving way to spring, the guess here is discussion of the flawed Renewable Fuel Standard’s ethanol mandateshigher ethanol-blend fuels like E15 and the “blend wall” will rekindle debate in Congress.

Lawmakers must act, because while EPA has proposed lowering ethanol-mandate levels from 2013, the rule still isn’t final (it was due at the end of November last year) and would only temporarily address potentially harmful impacts of the blend wall – to consumers and the broader economy.

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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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More Work Needed on OSHA’s Proposed Silica Rule

workplace safety  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 18, 2014

The oil and natural gas industry is committed to the safety of highly trained workers who are helping lead America’s energy renaissance. That’s why – while questioning some of the analysis underlying proposed new limits on breathable crystalline silica in the workplace – industry will work with government officials on a final rule that’s workable, protects workers and helps build on industry’s safety record.

That record is a strong one. Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows incidence rates for oil and natural gas extraction and support activities are lower than the private industry rate, the mining industry rate (excluding oil and gas) and the overall Natural Resources and Mining rate. Below, one of the official comments submitted by API and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which has proposed the new crystalline silica rule:

While the Associations and their members will never be satisfied with any incidence rate that exceeds 0.0, we believe that our industry’s occupational health and safety efforts are bearing fruit. Member companies of the Associations have extensive safety programs in place and also work through trade associations to increase workforce safety through research, information sharing, training, and through the development of standards.


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Website is Animated About Spill Prevention, Safety

spill response  rapid response system for spills  pipeline safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 5, 2014

The animation below is just one example of the educational features that can be found on OilSpillPrevention.org, our new website that launched last month. The site is full of information about the oil and natural gas industry’s efforts to meet the nation’s energy needs while maintaining safe and environmentally sound operations.

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