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Oil and Gas Accountability Toolkit

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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:

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.

These resources are built around work supported by the 11th Hour Project which focused on the issue of frac sand mining. Since then, a range of projects have evolved to address different aspects of the issue.


Air Monitoring

microscope

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.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Community Microscope Kit 8 months ago by bhamster 66 6,706 11
Microbrews almost 3 years ago by warren 8 264 1
Microscopes about 4 years ago by warren 14 3,997 5
Basic Microscope Kit over 4 years ago by asnow 25 1,732 4

Measuring particles

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Particle Sensing about 4 years ago by warren 25 2,985 5

Visual emission monitoring

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Choosing a method for Particulate Matter Monitoring over 1 year ago by bhamster 22 317 0
Visual Monitoring of Particulate Matter over 2 years ago by stevie 18 1,181 2
Survey your site over 2 years ago by liz 2 690 3

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Hydrogen Sulfide

(aove image by @ErikHanley11)

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Hydrogen Sulfide almost 3 years ago by warren 38 1,268 2
Hydrogen Sulfide Detection over 4 years ago by gretchengehrke 5 2,585 0
Hydrogen Sulfide Regulations over 4 years ago by stevie 11 3,483 1
Hydrogen Sulfide Effects over 4 years ago by warren 7 763 1

Odor Reporting

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Odor Logging almost 2 years ago by bhamster 33 1,158 3
Orangetown Aluf over 2 years ago by stevie 5 311 1


stormwater

Water Monitoring

Title Updated Version Views Likes
waterkeepers over 1 year ago by amocorro 2 26 0
Stormwater Monitoring over 1 year ago by liz 32 1,625 3
Riffle: an Open Source Water Monitoring Approach over 4 years ago by warren 100 5,040 15
turbidity sensor over 10 years ago by liz 4 547 0

timelapse

Photo documentation

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Photo Sharing almost 5 years ago by xose 6 874 1
Image Sorting almost 5 years ago by zengirl2 4 1,606 1
Photo Monitoring almost 5 years ago by stevie 45 1,280 2
Refinery Watching over 6 years ago by warren 18 747 5

Turbidity

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Assess Turbidity in Water about 3 years ago by liz 13 3,677 2
Turbidity Measurement Methods & Regulations over 4 years ago by gilbert 1 1,372 0
turbidity_sensing over 4 years ago by warren 3 2,341 2
turbidity sensor over 10 years ago by liz 4 547 0

datalogger

Datalogging

See the main Data Logging page for more.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
DustDuino over 1 year ago by bhamster 27 6,423 7
Nano Data Logger over 3 years ago by cfastie 11 7,864 4
MACA about 4 years ago by nanocastro 4 625 5
WebJack about 4 years ago by warren 5 1,741 1
Mayfly about 4 years ago by warren 5 310 0
Log-a-Long Timer over 4 years ago by cfastie 1 595 1
New Concepts for OSHW in Indoor Gardening over 4 years ago by Aigi666 18 1,436 1
Mini Pearl Logger over 4 years ago by cfastie 6 1,459 1
SkyPod GPS Logger over 4 years ago by cfastie 8 981 2
Riffle: an Open Source Water Monitoring Approach over 4 years ago by warren 100 5,040 15
Fido - The Raspberry Pi based Temperature Alarm that sends text messages about 5 years ago by rjstatic 3 4,085 1
Mãe d'Água over 5 years ago by vjpixel 9 1,858 9


soil sampling

Soil Monitoring

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Soil Contamination 4 months ago by laurel_mire 29 3,020 6
Making meaning of soil test results and reports about 1 year ago by laurel_mire 5 150 1
Screening for soil contamination over 1 year ago by bhamster 2 129 0
Soil Sampling Toolkit over 3 years ago by Bronwen 10 708 5
Soil Sampling almost 5 years ago by warren 2 1,320 3
Open Land over 6 years ago by eustatic 3 240 1


Questions

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
Is there a federal program in the US for reclaiming abandoned oil wells? @bhamster 3 months ago 1
Chevron is up for a permit renewal again (under title 5 of the Clean Air Act), we have a 4800 page report on the company, how can we get through it and pull out the valuable info? @stevie over 1 year ago 20
What are ways to monitor for oil and gas spills on private property? @stevie about 2 years ago 2
How can you tell if a sheen on water is bacterial or petroleum (oil)? @stevie over 2 years ago 1
Reused fracking water? @charlotte_clarke over 2 years ago 1
How can I calibrate a turbidity sensor? @wmacfarl over 2 years ago 4
How can we relate water quality sensor measurements to oil/gas pollution? @wmacfarl almost 3 years ago 2
How do you test for oil and gas-related contaminants in soils? @DanielleS over 3 years ago 2
Advice regarding taking photos over frozen @dailyxeoto about 4 years ago 1
How to test water for heavy metals today? @Devon7 over 4 years ago 4
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren over 4 years ago 5
What are your experiences with optical gas imaging cameras? @liz over 4 years ago 1
Oil Chemistry of Keystone Leak @kayaerbil over 4 years ago 5
What gases can a FLIR GasFinder (OGI) infrared camera detect? @warren almost 5 years ago 1
How do I identify an oil sheen or spill or slick in aerial photography? @warren almost 5 years ago 1
How much do different oil pollution tests cost? @warren almost 5 years ago 1
What does oil pollution mean for my health? @warren almost 5 years ago 1
Are there any exemptions under the NPDES? @stevie over 5 years ago 4
Is there a water quality equivalent of Smoke School, the EPA air pollution observer certification? @warren almost 6 years ago 1
Is CALPUFF a good air quality modeling tool @marlokeno almost 6 years ago 4
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