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Oil and gas industry--increasingly out of touch with reality

Amy Mall

Posted March 16, 2012

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Yesterday the American Petroleum Institute (API), the largest oil and gas trade association, announced its opposition to new Clean Air rules proposed by the U.S. EPA. As I discussed in a blog post late last year, EPA has proposed new rules to regulate toxic and dangerous air pollution from fracking and other natural gas production activities that are currently not regulated at all. Many of the controls proposed by EPA will actually save the industry money by capturing more natural gas that can be sold instead of wasted. The EPA proposal does not go far enough to protect public health from all threats in the oil and gas industry, but it's a start.

API says the EPA proposal is "bad public policy." Visit my colleague Vignesh Gowrishankar's blog for the nitty-gritty numbers on the API claims. The bottom line is that oil and gas companies can and should be required to clean up their dirty air pollution.

The reality is that parents across the country are concerned about the harmful air emissions from oil and gas facilities near homes and schools, as you can see in the following video news report from Colorado. A huge thanks to Congressman Jared Polis for visiting families concerned about the health of their children. When was the last time an oil and gas CEO did that? Thanks also to Congressman Polis for introducing legislation to require oil and gas companies to abide by the same clean air and safe drinking water rules as any other industry. Here's the video (please pardon the 15-second ad):


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hetty LammersMar 17 2012 07:19 AM

enbridge uses still pipeline construction welding and inspection methods from the 1950;s which are riddled with construction defects that are not addressed during the pipeline construction phase
serious welding defect are not detected with the old x-ray methods such as cracks and non fusion defects which have serious integrity consequences of major leaks in the system
reason being the less defect detected the more money made by the pipeline contractor
Rather the adopt newer welding and inspection methods such automatic welding and auto ultrasonics which mitigate the problem
Both methods enhance welding productivity and reliability but require adaptation which these large organisation and gov regulators resist vehemently

Kevin AubieMar 17 2012 12:03 PM

What else would one expect from the worlds greatest distributors of propaganda?

zandersluvMar 19 2012 01:11 PM

we do not want fracking in our back yards or near schools we want to move forward not backwards..CLEAN energy needs to be the main focus!!

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