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Is Area Source Designation for Emissions from Oil & Gas Production Activities on the Horizon?

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  • 2:31PM Aug 27, 2014
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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are carbon-based, chemical compounds that evaporate easily into the air. Long-term exposure and high concentrations of some VOCs can be dangerous to human health and/or cause harm to the environment. What’s O&G Got to Do with It? In the United States, the Oil and Gas (O&G) industry is responsible for 12% […]

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Opportunities to Improve Oil and Gas Well Barrier Stewardship

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  • 2:19PM Jul 30, 2012
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The number of widely publicized oil and gas well failures is a reminder of the engineering challenges associated with drilling activities and the importance of safety controls in well operation. These accidents highlight an area of significant engineering and liability concern in a burgeoning industry that is expanding into new geographic locations with local populations […]

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Bentonite Testing

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  • 2:38PM Sep 21, 2018
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Oil and natural gas drilling companies are required to follow regulations from several different entities, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state-level environmental agencies. Of particular concern is the possible contamination from spilled or released bentonite clay contained in most drilling fluids. Bentonite is a generic name describing the various clays formed from the […]

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