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 "These look good too, and come with a spectrum datasheet: http://www.ledgroupbuy.com/solderless-true-violet-led-405nm/ " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
ernestootero "Got back and made most of measurements. I will be simmarizing results soon. " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "Powered on one of these, with a dial: http://www.watterott.com/de/Wattuino-Nanite85?x56e76=f63b1cee028854c06b93338f2945a806 " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "Here's the big list of UV LEDs below 405 nm " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "Crap, those are only in quantities of 400+ or 1000+. I'll keep looking. " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "@tonyc @ygstcu - looking at higher powered LEDs, I've found: ~$4.40: http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/VLMU3500-385-060/VLMU3500-385-060TR-..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "@eustatic mentions that they hope finding sheens in a larger area than a spill's initial assessment (say, by the Coast Guard, in the Bravo tanker s..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
cindy_excites "There is a paper online "Natural Sorbents in Oil Spill Cleanup" by Hyung-Mln Chol - accessible here: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rinn_Clou..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
Matej "HI Guys, Thanks for your interesting comments! Jeff: I will certainly try to do that. In general I am trying to find out what could be a realistic..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
mathew "Awesome technique! the look of the 5w-30 reminds me of thawed out frozen diesel fuel. I think the milkiness in diesel from freezing is from wax cr..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "Hi matej - are the differences in the 5w30 just by visual inspection or in the spectrum as well? " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "The embeds are working again. Thanks for your patience! " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "Sorry - for those using HTTPS/SSL, the embeds won't be working at the moment, as we just upgraded PublicLab.org to use extra security, but haven't ..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
Craig "Nice Work " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
ernestootero "I am leaving on a work trip and coud not make the measurements. Only did the dilutions for the unknowns and the standards. When I com back I will t..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
ernestootero "Unfortunately, not. I was trying to hide from work but couldn't. I intend to work on the alignment issues and standards tomorrow. Thanks. " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
liz "Have you tried this yet? " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "Hi, Ernesto - sorry, didn't see your question until now. There's a discussion of the ribbed cuvettes here: http://publiclab.org/notes/Cindy_ExCites..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
Matej "Sounds good. I'll certainly do that sometime around next week! Very useful. " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "Super. At some point we should overhaul this wiki page with new techniques: http://publiclab.org/wiki/spectrometry-sampling " | Read more » almost 8 years ago
Matej "Great Jeff! Thanks for adding the tags. Isn't it awesome? I heard about the freezing separation long time ago. People do this already for some time..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "This sounds great -- I added some relevant tags to connect your work with other work going on in PL. Thanks! Looking forward to following your work..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
tonyc "Very good summary and really good ideas for revisions. The concern about not only humidity but also oil contact makes a plastic housing version som..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago
warren "Regarding humidity, we've talked about offering an upgrade with a sheet-plastic material, die-cut the same as the paper edition. I hope we figure o..." | Read more » almost 8 years ago