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API publishes industry standard for oil and gas developers

Oilfield Technology,

API has published a first-of-its-kind industry standard for community engagement in areas where horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have opened new energy development opportunities.

David Miller, API Director of Standards, commented: “America’s energy revolution is creating millions of jobs and reenergizing communities from coast to coast. The energy revolution is now occurring in areas of the country where oil and natural gas exploration doesn’t have the same history as Texas or Oklahoma. API’s community engagement guidelines will serve as a gold standard for good neighbor policies that address community concerns, enhance the long-term benefits of local development, and ensure a two-way conversation regarding mutual goals for community growth.”

The standard has been named ANSI/API Bulletin 100-3, and provides a detailed list of steps that oil and natural companies can take to help local leaders and residents prepare for energy exploration, minimise interruption to the community, and manage resources.

It includes recommendations for how to conduct public meetings on safety, work with local educational institutions to discuss training for new job opportunities, develop relationships with mineral owners, and ensure that oil and gas production is done in way that complements community goals.

“Like all our guidelines on hydraulic fracturing, the new standard will be available for free on our website and shared with regulators at every level of government. Our standard will provide a roadmap for oil and natural gas operators seeking to build lasting, successful relationships with local residents wherever energy development takes place. It incorporates best practices and proven models that have been developed by industry participants over more than 65 years of safe, responsible hydraulic fracturing,” Miller added.

API first began publishing standards in 1924 and currently has over 650 standards and technical publications.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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