Industry Insider

05.26.16

U.S. Energy Mapping System

This map, produced by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), uses layers to provide visuals of many energy resources across the country.

 

04.20.16

Where Fossil Fuels Come From

There are three major forms of fossil fuels: coal, oil and natural gas. All three were formed many hundreds of millions of years ago before the time of the dinosaurs - hence the name fossil fuels. The age they were formed is called the Carboniferous Period. It was part of the Paleozoic Era. "Carboniferous" gets its name from carbon, the basic element in coal and other fossil fuels.

 

02.16.16

What is Petroleum

Oil and natural gas together make petroleum. Petroleum, which is Latin for "rock oil," is a fossil fuel, meaning it was made naturally from decaying prehistoric plant and animal remains. It is a mixture of hundreds of different hydrocarbons molecules containing hydrogen and carbon that exist sometimes as a liquid (crude oil) and sometimes as a vapor (natural gas).

 

03.10.11

API Standards and Publications

For more than 75 years, the American Petroleum Institute (API) has led the development of petroleum and petrochemical equipment and operating standards. Currently, API maintains approximately 500 standards and recommended practices covering all segments of the oil and gas industry.

 

02.23.11

The Impacts of Canadian Oil Sands Development on the United States' Economy

According to a study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI), Canadian oil sands will boost the nation's economy by creating more than 342,000 new U.S. jobs between 2011 and 2015.

 

02.02.11

API HF3, Practices for Mitigating Surface Impacts Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing

This document discusses practices to minimize surface environmental impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing, including surface water, soils, wildlife, other surface ecosystems and nearby communities. Please note that "view-only" mode is provided at no-charge - although you do need to provide your name and an email address to access the document.

 

11.27.10

API HF1, Hydraulic Fracturing Operations-Well Construction and Integrity Guidelines, First Edition/October 2009

This document provides guidance and industry recommended practices for well construction and integrity for wells that will be hydraulically fractured. It includes information on protecting groundwater and the environment, well design and construction, hydraulic fracturing, and monitoring and testing.

 

11.27.10

API HF2, Water Management Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing

API HF2, Water Management Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing, First Edition/June 2010 This document explains current industry best practices to minimize environmental and societal impacts associated with the acquisition, use, management, treatment, and disposal of water and other fluids associated with the process of hydraulic fracturing.

 

11.27.10

RP 51R, Environmental Protection for Onshore Oil and Gas Production Operations and Leases

RP 51R, Environmental Protection for Onshore Oil and Gas Production Operations and Leases, First Edition/July 2009 This standard provides environmentally sound practices, including reclamation guidelines, for domestic onshore oil and gas production operations. Facilities within the scope of this document include all production facilities, including produced water handling facilities. Operational coverage begins with the design and construction of access roads and well locations, and includes reclamation, abandonment, and restoration operations. Gas compression for transmission purposes or production operations, such as gas lift, pressure maintenance, or enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is included. Annex A provides guidance for a company to consider as a "good neighbor."