For more than 75 years, the American Petroleum Institute (API) has led the development of petroleum and petrochemical equipment and operating standards. Currently, API maintains approximately 500 standards and recommended practices covering all segments of the oil and gas industry.
This document discusses practices to minimize surface environmental impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing, including surface water, soils, wildlife, other surface ecosystems and nearby communities. Please note that "view-only" mode is provided at no-charge - although you do need to provide your name and an email address to access the document.
API HF1, Hydraulic Fracturing Operations-Well Construction and Integrity Guidelines, First Edition/October 2009
This document provides guidance and industry recommended practices for well construction and integrity for wells that will be hydraulically fractured. It includes information on protecting groundwater and the environment, well design and construction, hydraulic fracturing, and monitoring and testing.
API HF2, Water Management Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing, First Edition/June 2010 This document explains current industry best practices to minimize environmental and societal impacts associated with the acquisition, use, management, treatment, and disposal of water and other fluids associated with the process of hydraulic fracturing.
RP 51R, Environmental Protection for Onshore Oil and Gas Production Operations and Leases, First Edition/July 2009 This standard provides environmentally sound practices, including reclamation guidelines, for domestic onshore oil and gas production operations. Facilities within the scope of this document include all production facilities, including produced water handling facilities. Operational coverage begins with the design and construction of access roads and well locations, and includes reclamation, abandonment, and restoration operations. Gas compression for transmission purposes or production operations, such as gas lift, pressure maintenance, or enhanced oil recovery (EOR) is included. Annex A provides guidance for a company to consider as a "good neighbor."