America’s shale energy revolution is built on innovation
that produced advanced hydraulic fracturing and
horizontal drilling technologies and techniques. And
that innovation continues, working on ways to make
fracking even safer for the surrounding environment
and communities. Safe and responsible drilling means
site management – from multi-layer surface liners that
protect the entire drilling area to closed-loop systems to
maintain control of drilling fluids.
Safe operating practices and water management are
just two areas for which API has developed standards to
protect the environment. The shale energy surge also is
spurring innovation: waterless hydraulic fracturing fluid,
methods to decontaminate and recycle water used in
fracking and more.