From: Jack Gerard, API
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: API Issues “Good Neighbor” Standards
Date: Wed Jul 16 14:31:20 MDT 2014
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    API Issues “Good Neighbor” Standards      

Dear Scott,

To paraphrase Robert Frost, for America’s oil and natural gas industry, good standards make good neighbors. Our safety standards are the most widely cited industry standards both here in the U.S. and by international regulators, and API has just issued a new, first-of-its-kind industry standard to facilitate community engagement in areas new to oil and natural gas development.

Thanks to technological advances in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling that have unlocked previously inaccessible energy resources, more and more communities are taking part in America’s ongoing energy revolution – and the new jobs and economic growth it brings. The new “good neighbor” standard includes recommendations to:

  • Help local leaders and residents prepare for energy exploration
  • Minimize interruption to the community
  • Conduct public meetings on safety
  • Work with local educational institutions to discuss training for new job opportunities
  • Develop relationships with mineral owners
  • Enhance the long-term benefits of local development
  • Ensure that oil and gas production is done in way that complements community goals

API first began publishing standards in 1924 and currently has over 650 standards and technical publications -- over 100 of which have been incorporated into U.S. regulations. Our standards program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the same body that accredits programs at several national laboratories.

Hydraulicfracturing has been conducted safely and successfully for more than 65 years thanks to robust industry standards coupled with strong state and federal oversight. The “good neighbor” standard is the latest step reinforcing industry commitment to responsible energy development, which has transformed local economies and made America the world’s leading oil and natural gas producer.


Jack Gerard
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