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API publishes document to help enhance onshore production facilities’ environmental performance

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) published a first-edition document focused on species and habitat conservation for onshore natural gas and oil production facilities that will help boost the industry’s existing practices to enhance environmental performance.

“This first-edition document illustrates our industry’s commitment to providing the reliable energy consumers demand while protecting the communities and environment where our operators live and work,” said API Senior Vice President of Global Industry Services Anchal Liddar. “Recognising the importance of responsibly developing our nation’s abundant resources, Bulletin 4565 builds on current operational practices to help companies further identify and mitigate potential impacts on wildlife and habitat during exploration and production."

Building on ongoing conservation and community engagement practices, Bulletin 4565, Species and Habitat Conservation: Industry Fundamentals, provides information on how companies incorporate conservation processes into the planning and execution of conventional and shale operations in the United States.

The bulletin provides information on the technologies, practices and processes operators use during the process of exploring, developing and producing natural gas and oil resources. Conservation processes and practices used by the natural gas and oil industry are discussed in more detail.

Many operators already apply the same or similar practices or processes within their operations, including environmental site screening and baseline environmental surveys. Incorporating widely used conservation measures, the document outlines additional opportunities for producers to incorporate conservation practices in their day-to-day operations. In recognition that Bulletin 4565 will be used by different operators under varying environmental settings, the document provides flexible and adaptable strategies for conservation measures.

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