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Environmental issues and concerns over water are of vital interest to the petroleum industry. Water management of produced water from oil and gas operations, and the availability of water for hydraulic fracing are primary concerns in planning and developing coalbed methane wells, shale gas plays and traditional oil and gas fields. Air quality and protection of animal and plant populations and habitats are also important. Federal and state agencies provide guidelines and restrictions on water and air quality, and land use that oil and gas operators must adhere too. Access to federal lands and promoting more efficient permitting of oil and gas operations are among issues addressed by the U. S. Department of Energy, the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency. Renewable energy resources including wind, solar and geothermal directly relate to preserving environmental quality. The function of this website is to provide information on the issues, technologies, regulations, and contacts for government, non-profit, national laboratories, universities, and industry groups currently involved in research and development of environmentally sound oil and gas exploration and production.

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Gas Hydrates: Benefits and Potential Global Warming

Rice University has developed a two-dimensional model to demonstrate how gas hydrates form under the ocean floor. The potential benefit of producing energy from methane frozen under high pressure at low temperatures is a significant increase in available energy from deep offshore locations. The production of gas hydrates also poses the threat of releasing greenhouse gases and increasing global warming. The 2-d model was created by Rice alumnus Sayantan Chatterjee working with George Hirasaki's group at Rice University. Results were published in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth. Chatterjee commented, "There’s a lot at stake for energy producers — and consumers — in finding hydrates in high concentrations, with as much as 20 trillion tons of methane under the sea." One of the challenges is to produce the gas hydrates without releasing methane into the atmosphere to impact global warming.


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