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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warren "Wow, this sounds very cool! What's an L2F detector? Would this work for other fluorescing oils and would it be likely to be able to distinguish the..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
dhaffnersr "It's me again Jeff, Dave H, sorry I posted the wrong graph i made, this is the right one " | Read more » over 8 years ago
dhaffnersr "Hey Jeff, I use spekwin32 for all my spectral data processing, first here are 2 references that may help you https://www.researchgate.net/topic/uv..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Hi, Dave - what is the tell-tale hump? Do you mean from the LED input light? If so, it's at 398nm, not 385nm. What processing did you do? " | Read more » over 8 years ago
dhaffnersr "Hey Jeff, I saw your spectra of the nail polish machine and there it is the tell tail "hump," so I exported it and processed it and here is what it..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
dhaffnersr "Hey Dave, well I was thinking along the lines of when I built a wind speed indicator with a small dc motor and LCD screen attached and calibrated i..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
stoft "Unfortunately, LED wavelength does not change with applied voltage or current -- their center peak wavelength is not variable or controllable and P..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
dhaffnersr "Hey Jeff! Sure I'd be happy to test any LEDs you want to send. I do want to throw an idea your way, I think using the higher wavelength LEDs are st..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
stoft "Sure ... what's the LED's packaging style/type? SMD, leaded, ...? " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "@dhaffnersr and @stoft, if you'd like I could send you the lower-wavelength LEDs as well for comparison testing? " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "@briandegger @jeffh - thanks for the tips on LED sourcing! Thought you'd enjoy seeing this. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
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warren "Great work. We'd discussed at the barnraising, the possibility (as you mention) of measuring the opacity using absorption spectroscopy, or even a p..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ethanbass "@warren - Please do send one along. I'd be happy to do some comparisons. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Oh, did @matej end up with those? " | Read more » over 8 years ago
liz "@warren - i do not have any of the polystyrene cuvettes " | Read more » over 8 years ago
dhaffnersr "I agree Jeff on the toxicity of using Hexane as a solvent, that's why I have been using Isopropyl 91%. I also have been using Ethanol (C2H5OH,) it'..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
taramei "@gretchen can we discuss make a general note about how plastics dissolve in solvents; this is an important concept for any kit user to understand f..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "@liz & @matej - did the polystyrene cuvettes last, or did they get melty? I like the nalgene-centric mixing process we used; much easier mixing..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Aww, i couldn't wait! Posted: https://publiclab.org/notes/warren/02-19-2016/preliminary-led-and-isopropyl-alcohol-solvent-tests-for-oil-fluorescenc..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "This was a super great event. I have a draft of a followup post about LED and alcohol tests -- will post on Monday, I believe! " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "I had a great time and have exciting stuff to post. But I'd like to make a more narrow post about specific techniques; maybe someone else could tac..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
liz "Super workshop! Attended by 15 people: @bronwen @englishkillsproject @nejohnson @eymund @nicholas @ann @matej @warren @ianbarbour @liz @taramei and..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
ianbarbour "I will be attending! " | Read more » over 8 years ago