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offshore  social-license-to-operate  safety  offshore-safety 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted October 18, 2017

Keeping our workforce safe is just one area of continuously improving safety that the natural gas and oil industry works hard on every day. Whether it’s checking pipelines for potential damage, transporting products via rail car, storing natural gas supplies underground, or producing in deepwater, our industry is committed to safe operations as a core value. One area where the industry brings a keen focus  is the safety of offshore operations, including asset integrity and safety and environmental management systems.

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safety  social-license-to-operate  workplace-safety  oil-and-gas 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted October 4, 2017

Today’s natural gas and oil industry is a sector of advanced technology that’s focused on safely developing the energy our country needs. Safety starts with our own workers. Ensuring safe workplaces always has been a priority, yet today’s industry is working to enhance a “safety culture,” a holistic approach whose primary focus is on training, prevention and continuous improvement – with a goal of zero incidents. This compact with our workers is part of industry’s social license to operate.


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community  environment-and-safety  environmental-impact  safety  hurricane-harvey  hurricane-irma  hurricane-response  social-license-to-operate 

Kate Wallace

Kate Wallace
Posted September 27, 2017

Our industry’s “social license to operate” – the broader public’s confidence that our companies’ work, operations and products serve society’s greater good – is based on a number of things, none more important this this:

These are our communities – where we work, live, play, learn and grow. We’re your neighbors. Our children go to school with your children. Our employees and their families care about where they work and live. Those are important reasons why safety, protecting the environment and public health, and giving back to communities are some of industry’s top priorities. All help sustain industry’s compact with other Americans to bring them energy in as safe and responsible a manner as possible.

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hurricane-response  hurricane-harvey  infrastructure  safety 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 6, 2017

The safety, health and protection of people, the environment and communities are the top priorities for the natural gas and oil industry. Energy companies have thousands of employees and their families living in the areas impacted by Harvey. They were among those whose homes have been under water in Houston or destroyed in Port Arthur. And they are among the Americans who have been generously and courageously helping their neighbors by getting medical supplies to children in need, by clearing debris, collecting and distributing donations, and even showing up with an inflatable swan

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hurricane-response  hurricane-harvey  refineries  safety  infrastructure 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 5, 2017

As the waters recede, the energy industry is inspecting and assessing its facilities.The industry’s goal, as always, is to keep the marketplace well-supplied while ensuring the highest level of safety. Here’s some of the latest news as our energy infrastructure gets back online.

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hurricane-response  hurricane-harvey  electricity  energy  jack-gerard  refineries  safety 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 31, 2017

The Gulf Coast area impacted by Hurricane-Tropical Storm Harvey faces a long recovery road, with thousands displaced and so many neighborhoods and workplaces inaccessible due to floodwaters. Humanitarian relief efforts are under way, but there’s much work to be done. While Americans across the country are concerned about the human toll left by Harvey, we’re particularly mindful of thousands of colleagues in the natural gas and oil industry who work and live in affected areas.  In that light, it’s a glimmer of good news that a few of the refineries forced to shut down because of the storm are starting the complex process of restarting – six as of Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Energy Department, with a combined capacity of more than 1.2 million barrels per day or about 4.2 percent of total U.S. refining capacity.

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carbon-emissions  economy  energy-regulations  greenhouse-gas-emissions  ohio  oil-and-natural-gas  safety  shale-energy  texas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 12, 2016

The sound approach to energy regulation in the U.S. – one that provides appropriate oversight to oil and natural gas development without unnecessarily impeding progress – continues to be a major theme at the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) annual conference in Washington.

Tesoro President and CEO Gregory J. Goff raised the point with his Day 1 keynote speech, calling for transparency, fairness and accountability in federal regulation:

“Consumers, companies and the economy all benefit when government policies are well-reasoned and balanced. America is blessed with an abundance of affordable, reliable energy. It must not be squandered. Allowing the forces of the free market to operate will continue to benefit society. Government should be a facilitating partner in this positive economic force, not a roadblock to it.”

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economic-growth  oil-spill-prevention-and-response  safety  spill-prevention  spill-response  dispersants  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 8, 2014

Highlights from API President and CEO Jack Gerard’s remarks at the 2014 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) in Savannah, Ga.:

  • The United States’ rise to energy superpower status, built on surging oil and natural gas production, will demand increased energy infrastructure.
  • Greater demand for energy will spotlight the oil and natural gas industry’s ability to develop reserves, but also how well industry transports and stores the energy it produces.
  • Continuing to add to and improve industry’s ability to prevent and prepare for spills, as well as its response if incidents occur, will be key to sustaining America’s oil and natural gas renaissance.

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environment  safety  fracking  hydraulic-fracturing  regulation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 20, 2013

Encouraging words on shale development via hydraulic fracturing this week from former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and former Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

First Salazar, who as Interior boss was the lead federal official on access to U.S. onshore and offshore oil and natural gas reserves. From coverage of Salazar at the Domenici Public Policy Conference in Las Cruces, N.M., by the Las Cruces Sun-News:

"(Hydraulic fracturing) is creating an energy revolution in the United States alone," Salazar said. He recognized the concerns many environmentalists have with the process, often called fracking, that pumps high-pressured water into holes drilled in the ground to extract gas and oil. Environmentalists are concerned the process contaminates water and air quality, along with other environmental impacts. "I would say to everybody that hydraulic fracking is safe," Salazar said.

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environment  safety  hydraulic-fracturing  fracking 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 13, 2013

I attended a briefing this week on a study, hailed by the author as the first comprehensive look at the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, and it pretty much confirmed what has been seen in other, more targeted studies – that energy development using fracking and horizontal drilling technologies is safe, doesn’t threaten water supplies or cause earthquakes.

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