The following will illustrate how laws and public concerns can serve as a framework for oil and gas exploration, drilling, and production. It will outline several case histories and how different laws and motivations intersect and shape the industry.
This is a comprehensive analysis of laws governing a particular region's actions and examined on a federal, state and, in some cases, local level. Other factors, including public image and community feedback are evaluated, too. Three case histories are explored. These are presented via a timeline of events leading up to an implementation, reevaluation, and/or development of legislation and/or legal decision. Other legislation is assessed on how an Act (e.g. Clean Air, Clean Water) is initiated apart from the oil and gas realm and then eventually adopted to address certain public concerns.
In most cases, regulations were already set in place and oil and gas entities had to interpret accordingly and work within determined protocols. In some cases, incidents occurred that, in turn, created new legislation and/or set expectations that had implications for how the industry would execute future projects. Incidents include a case of negligence and how the specific company responded as well as other operators located in the immediate vicinity. The regulations and/or best management practices that were created because of the incident will also be discussed. Other cases illustrate the cultural norms surrounding a particular set of legislation. An operator may be familiar with one area yet when branching out to other locations, conclude that the new area is not financially feasible for them due to the different technology and documentation required. Bigger and/or local operators have made these ventures profitable.
A comprehensive report on regulations and how operators execute them will also be provided. Impacts and effects on the oil and gas entities as well as the social and natural communities are assessed, illustrating the important connection between the residential/individual communities and the business entities via the government bodies to hear both sides and appropriately represent the cases at hand.
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