There is no denying that the oil and gas industry, as well as the agencies that regulate its activities, have significantly improved many aspects of environmental performance in recent years. Standards and practices have changed, in some cases drastically, leading to risk reductions in a number of areas. Despite this progress, there is always more to be done to identify and manage risks associated with oil and gas development.
Emissions are in the air and in the headlines every day. Whether the discussion is on human health effects of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and their effect on climate change, or the misleading performance of a diesel engine, the bottom line is there is a global focus on emissions.
The SPE Trinidad and Tobago Section recently hosted an Applied Technology Workshop (ATW) on oil and gas effluent discharge management. The event brought together petroleum and petrochemical industry professionals involved in generating effluent discharges to the receiving environment, regulators, and those involved in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of treatment systems for effluent discharge.