Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has issued new and specific standards that will engage unconventional oil and gas operators with the U.S. communities being affected by development.
Oil and Gas Journal reports that the new community engagement guidelines are similar to what already exists for railways and pipelines. In a statement to reporters on July 9, API Standards Director David Miller said:
“It’s a first-of-its-kind industry standard for community engagement. These guidelines will provide a roadmap for oil and gas operators seeking to build lasting, successful relationships with local residents in areas of the country where energy development opportunities are open for the first time, thanks to advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.”
Miller also specified that the new standards are not a result of environmentalist outcries, and the API’s actions do not mirror these groups. Rather, it’s a continuation of member companies’ efforts of technological development and improving production rates.
The standards are detailed in five different stages of development: entry, exploration, development, operations and exit. The overall goals of the guidelines are to create transparency of operating procedures, foster open dialogue between local officials and operators and to educate the communities being impacted by oil and gas development.