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Oil and Gas Accountability Toolkit
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The Public Lab non-profit hosts the **Oil and Gas Accountability Toolkit**, a collection of resources and a coalition of people working around the world on oil and gas issues. This toolkit goes beyond just "tools" to include: * peer support networks * [stories](/blog) of change and of challenges * ways to [build a community of practice](/facilitation) for sustained collaboration on a problem To see a full list of monitoring methods related to oil and gas, [click here](https://publiclab.org/methods#oil-and-gas). ### Coalitions What follows are a range of different topic-specific coalitions we've helped to bring together around a range of oil and gas related issues. We’ve learned more than ever to rely on the creativity and diverse skill-sets of contributors to develop new and unexpected ways of achieving goals. The thousands of people around the world who make up the Public Lab network **bring incredible expertise and a willingness to plug in and tackle problems** and continue to inspire us in their power and capacity. It’s our continuing responsibility to help them recognize and form alliances, and to solve problems together. ### Frac sand mining These resources are built around work supported by the [11th Hour Project](https://11thhourproject.org) which [focused on the issue of frac sand mining](/frac-sand). Since then, a range of projects have evolved to address different aspects of the issue. **** ## Air Monitoring ![microscope](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/022/880/large/OI000139_2.jpg) ### Microscope The Basic Microscope project on Public Lab was born from people’s interest in being able to visualize particulate matter that is known to be harmful for human and livestock health. Several local community members recognized the challenges in advocating with purely numerical data; when people can’t visualize and directly see threats, it can be easier to ignore. [wikis:microscopes] ### Air sampling Building on work by the Bucket Brigade, we've documented and collected several different techniques for collecting air samples for processing at a lab. [wikis:air-sampling] ### Measuring particles There are many different ways to measure particulate pollution. Read below to find out more. [wikis:particulate-sensing-overview] ### Visual emission monitoring Using your eyes or a camera to monitor emissions is a powerful type of monitoring which has several EPA methods associated with it. [wikis:visual-monitoring] ![Screen_Shot_2018-04-16_at_2.57.43_PM.png](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/024/620/large/Screen_Shot_2018-04-16_at_2.57.43_PM.png) ### Hydrogen Sulfide (above image by @ErikHanley11) [wikis:h2s-overview] ### Odor Reporting [wikis:odor] **** ![stormwater](/system/images/photos/000/024/626/large/Screen_Shot_2018-04-16_at_3.42.04_PM.png) ## Water Monitoring A wide range of sample-based, electronic, and other methods of monitoring water quality have been compiled on Public Lab, reflecting a range of efforts across our community. [wikis:water-monitoring] ![timelapse](/system/images/photos/000/018/073/large/Screenshot_2016-09-19_at_2.32.15_PM.png) ### Photo documentation Public Lab work began with photographic monitoring using [balloons and kites](/balloon-mapping). We've grown our coalition around a number of other ways that powerful visual evidence can be produced through photography. [wikis:photo-monitoring] ### Turbidity A range of techniques has been compiled around turbidity monitoring: [wikis:turbidity] ![datalogger](/system/images/photos/000/020/770/large/Screenshot_2017-06-12_at_3.06.25_PM.png) ### Datalogging A surprisingly broad coalition of projects has developed around Public Lab for logging data from different sources. See the main [Data Logging page](/data-logging) for more. [wikis:datalogger] **** ![soil sampling](/system/images/photos/000/024/627/large/Screen_Shot_2018-04-16_at_3.44.24_PM.png) ## Soil Monitoring We're developing initial soil sampling and monitoring techniques and resources under the "soil testing" topic: [wikis:soil-testing] **** ## Questions [questions:oil-and-gas]...


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eustatic "Since March 13, companies don't have to report spills during COVID19, so, I am sure. Odor reports to NRC are now more reliable indicators of spill..." | Read more » almost 2 years ago
kgradow1 "My understanding -- based on very limited reading! -- is that remote sensing solutions are mostly geared toward oil sheens on water and won't be pa..." | Read more » almost 2 years ago
carenacquaviva "Yes, It's a big problem. I have a statement here, read it free time " | Read more » over 2 years ago
stevie "There's a simple test people can do sometimes referred to as "the stick test." In this method, you would use a stick or a rock to poke a hole in t..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
joyofsoy "We got this response on Twitter: Try to set it on fire?https://t.co/tWmJr26diI— Josh Levinger (@jlev) November 6, 2019 " | Read more » over 2 years ago
bhickman "Hi wmacfarl, Typically you would want to have some idea of the turbidity of whatever unknown sample you want to measure. If your measuring a fresh..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
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Markos "Hi wmacfarl, Some more info. This type of sensor does not measure turbidity exactly. It measures the absorbance, or attenuation of light when pas..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
Markos "Hi wmacfarl , I've been thinking about affordable ways to calibrate diy photometric devices without having to use commercial standards like formaz..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
warren "Looks like there is an issue with reply by email, or possibly the list => email system, but Alan Marchiori responded on the plots-waterquality l..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
charlotte_clarke "This page from Penn State has a great summary of natural gas activity indicators, their expected levels in areas with natural gas drilling, and rel..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
Markos "Hi wmacfarl, Just some information about 3 analytical parameters that indicate the "organic load" in water. By "organic load" I mean the "sum" of ..." | Read more » over 2 years ago
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eustatic "I posted a note here, let's see if i can find test results. here photos, there was oil pipe cleaning sludge, along with biogenic oils. the chemica..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
eustatic " Barium (metals) and Radium 226 (TENORM) are big indicators in production waste. Oils, Diesels, there are many fractions to test for, unless you a..." | Read more » over 3 years ago
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xose "Hi @dailyxeoto!! Here you can find a previous question on the matter with several tips ;D https://publiclab.org/questions/stevie/12-19-2016/advice..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
Ag8n "The older usp method was based on hydrogen sulfide. This was later changed to a thioacetamide based test. This is better, but still not good. The..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
Kshatrya "If you are looking for specific metals, there should be some reagent that will precipitate or indicate that metal. But if you're looking for all th..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
Kshatrya "If you are looking for specific metals, there should be some reagent that will precipitate or indicate that metal. But if you're looking for all th..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
Ag8n "I like energy dispersive X-Ray florescence (EDXRF). It's non-distructive, low power, and relatively cheap. On the down side, it's hard to calibra..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
Ag8n "Wondered about that. The main plant Had a storm sewer. One of the small satellite plants had something labelled a storm sewer. But, when the sam..." | Read more » about 4 years ago