Oil, Gas Industry to Work with EPA on Environmental Issues
The oil and gas exploration and refining industry has become the 13 th industry to join EPA’s voluntary Sector Strategies Program that fosters collaboration among business, government, and non-government organizations. Through this program, EPA works with the diverse parties to improve the environmental impact of the major manufacturing and service sectors of the U.S. economy.
EPA’s primary contacts in the industry will be the American Petroleum Institute (API), the Domestic Petroleum Council (DPC), and the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA). Collectively, these organizations represent the full spectrum of oil and gas operations – from exploration and production to refining and distribution.
The U.S. is the world’s third-largest petroleum producer, with more than 500,000 producing wells and approximately 4,000 oil and natural gas platforms operating in U.S. waters. The nation’s 144 refineries process more than 17 million barrels of crude oil every day. Together, oil and gas supply 65 percent of U.S. energy.
Currently, more than 20 national trade associations – representing 12 major divisions of the U.S. economy – are working with the agency to improve their environmental performance with the least administrative burden. The participating sectors represent more than 780,000 facilities.
The 12 other participating sectors include: agribusiness; cement manufacturing; specialty-batch chemical manufacturing; colleges and universities; construction; forest products; iron and steel manufacturing; metal casting; metal finishing; paint and coatings; ports; and shipbuilding and ship repair.
More information about the Oil and Gas Sector Strategies Program: http://www.epa.gov/sectors/oilgas/index.html
More information on the Sector Strategies Program: http://www.epa.gov/sectors/program.html