As new technology is refined to meet the demands for increased natural gas domestic energy production, questions loom about hydraulic fracturing – fracking – and ground water safety. Hydraulic fracturing site evaluations are becoming more essential to ensuring public safety, and the USGS, EPA, state of Wyoming and other energy and environment experts continue to review ground water test data to determine whether there is any cause for concern.
Recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports suggest that groundwater surrounding energy producing sites is safe and is not being damaged nor contaminated through the hydraulic fracturing method. This is encouraging news for the natural gas industry, but it remains an issue that must continue to be monitored. Follow Rigzone to stay current with the news.
As of the end of 2011, the United States was producing 10.4 million barrels of oil a day, according to the Energy Information Administration. That’s more than Saudi Arabia’s 9.8 million barrels per day. The U.S. figure includes liquids from natural gas wells, gains made in the refining process and ethanol production — all of which can be used to make gasoline. Saudi Arabia does not make a comparable number public.
Mobile data collection software plays a role in meeting the growing demands of the natural gas energy industry while maintaining a public safety net through site evaluations. As new and improved drilling and natural gas collection techniques, such as hydraulic fracturing, are developed with government investment, effective monitoring of wells and rigs is necessary to keep the surrounding area and environment safe.
Mobile data collection devices and mobile data collection software are being deployed to monitor the safety, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of natural gas production sites and energy industry workers across the globe. Not only does the mobile surveying and use of mobile data devices help increase safety and health measures, mobile data devices also improve worker productivity by up to 75%, according to BarCoding.com.
In addition to optimizing mobile data collection devices for on-site productivity, mobile data devices are also used to scope out the competition and to better understand the playing field within the energy and gas arena. How do energy and gas experts use mobile data collection to understand the market and their competitors?
- Locate competitors’ oil rigs and wells
- Monitor the outputs of others’ oil and natural gas collection
- Pressure and rate of hydraulic fracturing methods
- Distribute daily reports with detailed information about production with the ability to analyze data; check out WellEZ.
- Real-time data provided through mobile data collection to allow for more accurate decision making as a result of more relevant information provided to decision makers
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