Oil and Gas Accountability Toolkit

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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rawatsubham56 "Wow... Great Information " | Read more » over 4 years ago
mimiss " @mimiss has marked @jeanell873 as a co-author. " | Read more » over 4 years ago
tanyadike " Anyone interested in buying Nigerian BLCO crude oil sample? " | Read more » almost 5 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 5 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 5 years ago
eustatic "Here's an amazon list of materials, including a different laser level that i think will be less of a hassle I have the craftsman version of this, ..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
eustatic " Hey, @pataxte, send it to me, i can post it, or just post your comment! thank you! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
eustatic "@eustatic awards a barnstar to a1ahna for their awesome contribution! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
liz " This is a wonderfully readable account of how to do this! Thank you so much for writing this up. " | Read more » over 5 years ago
scotttees "Thanks for the comments all. They were super helpful! I wanted to share some helpful links I found for the current state-funded air quality monito..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "if you have more trouble, you can email it to me at jeff@publiclab.org and I can try, or at least hopefully figure out why it's not uploading!  On..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
xose "@xose awards a barnstar to a1ahna for their awesome contribution! " | Read more » over 5 years ago
xose " Hi @pataxte! Things can be making the upload fail: Image too large. Name of the file including blank space or weird character. " | Read more » over 5 years ago
pataxte "Trying to write a comment on this great post, but attempts to upload an image along with my comment are not working...darn! It's a png file, should..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Hi Alahna! I posted a related question here a while back: https://publiclab.org/questions/warren/09-08-2017/how-do-you-merge-gps-logger-data-into-..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
nshapiro "I spoke with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment District office in Sarnia today. Sarnia is the middle of the chemical valley and refineries in..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Also @guolivar posted this great page on the Purple Air https://publiclab.org/notes/guolivar/01-08-2018/thoughts-on-low-cost-air-quality-sensors a..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "From @ottinger on the air quality list "Unfortunately, to my knowledge there are few sensors comparable to the Purple Air for oil refinery pollutio..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
stevie "Hi @scotttees ! There are a couple people I've been talking to recently who have been working with the Purple Air: @dswenson @jiteovien @Ag8n @rams..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
nshapiro "Thanks again for a super helpful and through posting Karl! I'm just going to ping @sara (whose work you mention in your note) to see if she has any..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
kkoerner "This is going to depend on budget, scale and how important real-time emissions and pollutant speciation (whether you want concentrations of all of ..." | Read more » over 5 years ago
warren "Wow, great info. Love this! " | Read more » about 6 years ago
michalby "Mineral oil should work. I sometimes use on a professional immersion objectives a mixture of drugstore-bought liquid paraffin (sold as a laxative) ..." | Read more » about 6 years ago