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Mayor Bloomberg releases new study that finds more natural gas critical for New York City's sustainable future

In New York City, an ICF International study commissioned by the City, found that the increased use of natural gas from hydraulic fracturing is helping them meet their reduced emissions goals of 30% by 2030.



DOE study: Fracking chemicals didn't taint water

Preliminary results of a Department of Energy study show no evidence that chemicals from natural gas drilling moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site.



Shale Gas Predicted to Support Nearly 870,000 Jobs

This HIS Global Insite Study found that shale gas production supported more than 600,000 jobs in 2010, a number that is projected to grow to nearly 870,000 by 2015.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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."