Best Practices Overview

December 11, 2017 • EARTHWORKS
There are better, cleaner, more efficient ways to extract and produce oil and gas. In some cases these “best” practices are developed and used by companies to save money. In other cases alternative practices, or best management practices (BMPs), are… More »

BLM Master Leasing Plan

December 11, 2017 • EARTHWORKS
A “master leasing plan” (MLP) is a new approach from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to managing oil and gas activity on sensitive landscapes within its jurisdiction.  Before leasing and development are proposed, MLP’s are intended to identify and… More »

Compressor Stations

December 11, 2017 • EARTHWORKS
Compressor stations are large industrial facilities that maintain the flow and pressure of natural gas by receiving gas from the pipeline, re-pressurizing it, and sending it back into the pipeline system. (Pump stations do the same thing for oil.) Compressors… More »

Conflict Minerals

December 11, 2017 • EARTHWORKS
Conflict minerals are resources that are mined and used to influence and finance armed conflict, human rights abuses, and violence.  Global Witness defines conflict resources as “natural resources whose systematic exploitation and trade in a context of conflict contribute to,… More »

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Contaminated Pathways

December 11, 2017 • EARTHWORKS
Oil and gas chemicals enter the environment via several pathways: Drilling Hydraulic Fracturing Waste Pits Spills Releases to Air THE DRILLING PROCESSDrilling involves the use of muds to keep the drill bit cool and lift the rock cuttings out of… More »

1872 Mining Law – Reform Requirements

December 11, 2017 • EARTHWORKS
Mining law reform means different things to different constituencies.  For example, the mining industry claims to support “mining reform”, but what they support would not significantly (if at all) improve the status quo. Principles of legitimate 1872 Mining Law reform… More »

Aquifer gas storage

December 11, 2017 • EARTHWORKS
Aquifers account for about 4% of gas storage capacity nationwide, with most in the Midwest. Aquifers are permeable rock formations that contain natural, underground sources of water of varying quality and quantity. They can be converted for gas storage by… More »