The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry whose mission is to promote safety across the industry globally and to influence public policy in support of a strong, viable U.S. oil and natural gas industry. For almost 100 years, API has led the development of petroleum and petrochemical equipment and operating standards. These represent the industry's collective wisdom on everything from drill bits to environmental protection and embrace proven, sound engineering and operating practices and safe, interchangeable equipment and materials.
In support of increased use of hydraulic fracturing, new editions of API's hydraulic fracturing standards have been developed to provide the latest technical direction for operators working to continuously improve well integrity, groundwater protection, and environmental safety. API's standards for shale development have worked alongside robust state regulations to ensure safe and responsible energy development with hydraulic fracturing for over 65 years.
Dubbed ANSI/API RP 100-1 and 100-2, the new standards provide guidance and recommendations for pressure containment and well integrity, as well as environmental safeguards, including groundwater protection, waste management, emissions reduction, site planning, and worker training. The release follows publication of ANSI/API Bulletin 100-3, which outlines community engagement guidelines to assist operators communicate effectively with residents and stakeholders to pursue mutual goals for community growth.
This paper will provide an overview of the developed global standards that emphasize three core principals of integrity, safety and environmental responsibility, and effective communication. Key focus areas of the paper outline how the standards address well integrity and fracture containment, environmental aspects associated with well construction and fracturing operations, and communication guidance for communities and other key stakeholders.