Today, resources of the oil and gas industry are pulled in many directions. It takes a major effort to manage the various priorities demanding attention. A company's effectiveness in balancing priorities determines whether it survives. An area increasing in its demand for resources is waste minimization. In order to minimize waste and reduce pollution possibilities, activities having the potential to cause environmental events must be managed in a conscientious, businesslike manner. The integration of environmental considerations into the business plan of the company or business unit will facilitate proper resource allocation to this area of the oil and gas business.

In this paper, policies, objectives and organization are reviewed as to how they are used to develop practical programs to allow field application of these business related factors. Monitoring, measurement and auditing are viewed as methods to sample the condition of the environmental elements. This condition "snap shot" provides a baseline for redirecting efforts to continuously improve the environmental management.

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