The program includes water-filtration systems and water health and hygiene education in 10 Indonesian villages. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently requested public comments on whether pollutant discharges that reach "waters of the United States" are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act and require National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. Water management for upstream will transform over the next few years. In many cases, more-effective water management will only be possible with water infrastructure.
The Trump administration is set to reduce the number of federally regulated waterways protected under the US Clean Water Act in a bid to help the energy and agriculture industries, according to a media report. The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in US water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades by researchers at UC Berkeley and Iowa State University.
Royal Dutch Shell outlined a scenario in which, by 2070, we would be using far less of the company’s own product—oil—as cars become electric, a massive carbon storage industry develops, and transportation begins a shift toward a reliance on hydrogen as an energy carrier. The chair of SPE’s Climate-Change Task Force provides an overview of the process by which it developed the society’s strategy to address the emission goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Emissions of methane from the industrial sector have been vastly underestimated, researchers from Cornell University and the Environmental Defense Fund have found. Proposed changes would modify EPA's August 2016 final rule, "Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources." The proposal has been submitted for publication to the Federal Register. Following that publication, the EPA will accept comments for 60 days.
Virtual-reality technology offers immersive learning opportunities for an increasingly broad range of experiences. The Environmental Defense Fund revealed a new “find and fix” virtual-reality experience, the Methane CH4llenge simulation, which takes users into a digitally simulated wellsite to show the ease and efficiency of controlling key sources of methane emissions. The results of a virtual reality (VR) safety simulator and gaming experience presented by Lloyd’s Register at SPE Offshore Europe suggest that more needs to be done in training and understanding the daily risks of oil rig maintenance and operation.
Dedicated to China’s energy sector, it will focus on renewable energies, the energy internet, energy storage, distributed energy, smart energy, and low-carbon businesses. Fossil fuels will probably be at the forefront of energy and environmental policy under the new Trump Administration, says Charles D. McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, at a talk hosted by the Norwegian Consulate General in Houston.
It would save millions in regulatory costs, but the estimated increase in methane emissions is controversial. Although a federal court temporarily thwarted EPA’s suspension of methane emissions regulations in early July, several states have formed an alliance to keep the ball rolling, and EPA’s most recent data show the industry has made significant strides in decreasing these emissions. The US EPA’s 2016 New Source Performance Standards updated the 2012 standards by adding requirements for the industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, specifically methane. The 2016 NSPS also covers hydraulically fractured oil wells and production, processing, transmission and storage activities.
Petroleum has been an internationally traded commodity since the late 1800s. In the early 1900s, Standard Oil Company of New Jersey held a near-monopoly on domestic oil supply and price. Specific judicial and legislative action by the United States government caused this monopoly to break up, and various large, integrated oil companies were formed, which participated in all petroleum industry segments from exploration to marketing. These major companies sought mineral development opportunities both domestically and abroad. At the same time, European oil companies also sought to capitalize on mineral development opportunities beyond their borders.