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WATER ISSUES

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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High Demand for Natural Gas Energy Solutions

Custom designed natural gas generators for power -generation and distribution are increasing in demand in the U.S. and Canada oil and gas sector according to manufacturer HIPOWER SYSTEMS. The most popular power ratings range from 18 kW to 345 kW. Rafael Acosta, President of HIPOWER SYSTEMS says, "A year ago, we had just finished prototypes of the first five models. Today, we and our customers are very satisfied with the product performance and sales evolution of this line. The demand for natural gas to replace coal for power generation is both an environmental and economic decision for users. Pike Research predicted in 2013 "that the market for natural gas generators would explode to nearly $10 billion between 2013 and 2018. By 2018, Pike predicts, natural gas generators will provide 60 gigawatts (60 billion watts) of capacity." Pipe Research analyst, Mackinnon Lawrence noted that the boom in unconventional gas and tightening regulations that limit stationary generator emissions have caused the demand growth for natural gas generators.

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