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ENVIRONMENTAL/
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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UPS Converts to Environmentally Friendly Trucks

Package delivery company, UPS, recently announced that it is buying 1,000 propane fueled trucks for use in Louisiana and Oklahoma. UPS will install 50 fueling stations at their locations in these states. David Abney, Chief Operating Officer for UPS said, "The UPS alternative fuel strategy is to invest in the most environmentally friendly and economical energy sources. Other states will receive some of the 1,000 trucks. The propane trucks and fueling stations will cost UPS $70 million. Propane is a clean-buring fuel with lower operating costs, particularly for the rural routes in Louisiana and Oklahoma. Selection of additional states will depend of tax incentives and grants for the use of alternative-fueled vehicles.

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Environmental Geosciences Journal, quarterly publication of the AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences  See selected articles

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