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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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U.S. Regulations for Crude Oil Transport by Rail

Genscape is offering a free white paper —PetroRail Report discussing the new U.S. regulations for transportation of crude oil by the nation's railroads. The report covers the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Emergency Order related to shipment of Bakken crude and shows the impact for hundreds of "crude-by rail routes." Kevin Thompson of the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration said that railroads are required to provide Bakken traffic information when the routes or frequency of shipping changes by 25% or more. This volume change in Bakken crude prompted the Emergency Order by DOT. DOT spokesman said, “The aim of this reporting requirement is to give first responders an understanding of the volume and frequency with which Bakken crude oil is transported through their communities so that they can prepare their response plans accordingly,” U.S. Regulation Sheds Light on Crude-By-Rail Traffic displays information on volumes of Bakken oil on a county map of North Dakota.


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