API Updates Recommended Fracking Standards

recommendedThe oil and gas industry is far better at self-regulation and self-policing than any government agency can provide. Governmental regulators take forever to inflict new regulations–and they take even longer to lift those regulations when they’re no longer necessary or useful (witness the ban on crude oil exports in place since the early 1970s that the House of Representatives voted to lift last Friday, but Obama has promised to veto). A great example of self-regulating and self-policing is the American Petroleum Institute (API). Last week the API issued updated hydraulic fracturing standards with an aim to continuously improve well integrity, groundwater protection, and environmental safety. While API’s recommended practices are not binding on drillers, API standards are highly respected and used by many drillers–those who care about doing it right…

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