New editions of APIâ€™s hydraulic fracturing standards provide the latest technical direction for operators working to continuously improve well integrity, groundwater protection and environmental safety.
Last updated in 2011, APIâ€™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.
â€œHydraulic fracturing has unlocked vast energy resources, saving billions for consumers and putting America on a path to true energy security,â€ said API Director of Standards David Miller. â€œStrong standards are key to Americaâ€™s success as an energy leader, and thatâ€™s why we bring together regulators and operators to promote proven practices for environmental protection. This update provides the latest guidance on equipment, monitoring, storage, and installation.â€
Dubbed ANSI/API RP 100-1 and 100-2, the two new standards provide detailed specifications for pressure containment and well integrity, as well as environmental safeguards, including groundwater protection, waste management, emissions reduction, site planning and worker training.