Hydraulic Fracturing Guidelines Issued by API To Ease Community FearsSource: Bloomberg | 14 July 2014
The oil industry’s largest lobbying group began a new effort to ease public fears about hydraulic fracturing after a legal setback in New York state and a voter push in Colorado to ban the drilling practice.
The American Petroleum Institute (API), a Washington-based group that includes Exxon Mobil and Chevron, released guidelines for improving community relations as hydraulic fracturing extends to more towns, raising concerns about pollution risks.
The suggestions will help “raise the bar for the industry,” David Miller, director of standards for the group that has guided the industry on well design and preventing spills since 1924, said. The effort will help oil and gas companies develop “lasting relationships” with communities where drilling occurs, he said.