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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:

To see a full list of monitoring methods related to oil and gas, click here.

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 which focused on the issue of frac sand mining. Since then, a range of projects have evolved to address different aspects of the issue.


Air Monitoring

microscope

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.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Community Microscope Kit 7 months ago by warren 65 4,360 11
Microbrews 8 months ago by warren 8 159 1
Microscopes about 2 years ago by warren 14 2,678 4
Basic Microscope Kit about 2 years ago by asnow 25 1,236 4

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.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Sampling 7 months ago by liz 3 274 2
Air Sampling over 2 years ago by warren 21 2,008 2

Measuring particles

There are many different ways to measure particulate pollution. Read below to find out more.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Particle Sensing almost 2 years ago by warren 25 2,202 5

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.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Choosing a method for Particulate Matter Monitoring 3 months ago by stevie 21 70 0
Visual Monitoring of Particulate Matter 3 months ago by stevie 18 840 2
Survey your site 7 months ago by liz 2 500 3

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Hydrogen Sulfide

(above image by @ErikHanley11)

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Hydrogen Sulfide 9 months ago by warren 38 727 2
Hydrogen Sulfide Detection over 2 years ago by gretchengehrke 5 1,141 0
Hydrogen Sulfide Regulations over 2 years ago by stevie 11 1,942 1
Hydrogen Sulfide Effects over 2 years ago by warren 7 459 1

Odor Reporting

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Orangetown Aluf 6 months ago by stevie 5 84 1
Odor Logging 7 months ago by liz 31 726 3


stormwater

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.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Stormwater Monitoring 7 months ago by liz 29 1,107 3
Riffle: an Open Source Water Monitoring Approach over 2 years ago by warren 100 4,073 22
turbidity sensor about 8 years ago by liz 4 451 0

timelapse

Photo documentation

Public Lab work began with photographic monitoring using balloons and kites. We've grown our coalition around a number of other ways that powerful visual evidence can be produced through photography.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Photo Sharing over 2 years ago by xose 6 628 1
Image Sorting over 2 years ago by zengirl2 4 664 1
Photo Monitoring almost 3 years ago by stevie 45 864 2
Refinery Watching over 4 years ago by warren 18 507 5

Turbidity

A range of techniques has been compiled around turbidity monitoring:

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Assess Turbidity in Water about 1 year ago by liz 13 1,699 2
Turbidity Measurement Methods & Regulations over 2 years ago by gilbert 1 900 0
turbidity_sensing over 2 years ago by warren 3 1,500 1
turbidity sensor about 8 years ago by liz 4 451 0

datalogger

Datalogging

A surprisingly broad coalition of projects has developed around Public Lab for logging data from different sources. See the main Data Logging page for more.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Nano Data Logger over 1 year ago by cfastie 11 3,873 4
MACA about 2 years ago by nanocastro 4 456 5
WebJack about 2 years ago by warren 5 1,166 1
Mayfly about 2 years ago by warren 5 209 0
Log-a-Long Timer about 2 years ago by cfastie 1 385 1
New Concepts for OSHW in Indoor Gardening over 2 years ago by Aigi666 18 899 1
Mini Pearl Logger over 2 years ago by cfastie 6 966 1
SkyPod GPS Logger over 2 years ago by cfastie 8 693 2
DustDuino over 2 years ago by warren 26 5,129 7
Riffle: an Open Source Water Monitoring Approach over 2 years ago by warren 100 4,073 22
Fido - The Raspberry Pi based Temperature Alarm that sends text messages about 3 years ago by rjstatic 3 2,756 1
Mãe d'Água over 3 years ago by vjpixel 9 1,411 8


soil sampling

Soil Monitoring

We're developing initial soil sampling and monitoring techniques and resources under the "soil testing" topic:

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Soil Contamination 8 months ago by DanielleS 24 1,217 9
Soil Sampling Toolkit about 1 year ago by Bronwen 10 428 5
Soil Sampling over 2 years ago by warren 2 693 3
Open Land about 4 years ago by eustatic 3 154 1


Questions

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
How can you tell if a sheen on water is bacterial or petroleum (oil)? @stevie 4 months ago 2
How can I calibrate a turbidity sensor? @wmacfarl 4 months ago 4
Reused fracking water? @charlotte_clarke 7 months ago 2
How can we relate water quality sensor measurements to oil/gas pollution? @wmacfarl 8 months ago 2
How do you test for oil and gas-related contaminants in soils? @DanielleS over 1 year ago 3
Advice regarding taking photos over frozen @dailyxeoto almost 2 years ago 1
How to test water for heavy metals today? @Devon7 about 2 years ago 4
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren over 2 years ago 5
What are your experiences with optical gas imaging cameras? @liz over 2 years ago 1
Oil Chemistry of Keystone Leak @kayaerbil over 2 years ago 5
What gases can a FLIR GasFinder (OGI) infrared camera detect? @warren over 2 years ago 1
How do I identify an oil sheen or spill or slick in aerial photography? @warren over 2 years ago 1
How much do different oil pollution tests cost? @warren over 2 years ago 1
What does oil pollution mean for my health? @warren over 2 years ago 1
Are there any exemptions under the NPDES? @stevie over 3 years ago 4
Is there a water quality equivalent of Smoke School, the EPA air pollution observer certification? @warren over 3 years ago 1
Is CALPUFF a good air quality modeling tool @marlokeno over 3 years ago 4
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