March 5, 2007

U.S. oil and gas industry to work with EPA on environmental problems

Washington, D.C. – The oil and gas exploration and refining industry has become the thirteenth industry to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) voluntary Sector Strategies Program. The program fosters collaboration among business, government and non-government organization; the EPA works with the diverse parties to improve the environmental impact of the major manufacturing and service sectors of the U.S. economy.

The EPA’s primary contacts in the industry will be the American Petroleum Institute, the Domestic Petroleum Council and the Independent Petroleum Association of America. The organizations collectively represent oil and gas operations from exploration and production, to refining and distribution.

Currently, 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 country’s 144 refineries process more than 17 million barrels of crude oil every day.

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