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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:

To see a full list of monitoring methods related to oil and gas, click here.

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 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 about 1 year ago by warren 65 5,302 11
Microbrews about 1 year ago by warren 8 213 1
Microscopes over 2 years ago by warren 14 3,226 5
Basic Microscope Kit over 2 years ago by asnow 25 1,515 4

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.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Air sample lab testing 13 days ago by bhamster 2 20 1
Air Sampling 6 months ago by kgradow1 23 3,416 3
Sampling about 1 year ago by liz 3 369 4

Measuring particles

There are many different ways to measure particulate pollution. Read below to find out more.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Particle Sensing over 2 years ago by warren 25 2,466 5

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.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Choosing a method for Particulate Matter Monitoring 10 months ago by stevie 21 186 0
Visual Monitoring of Particulate Matter 10 months ago by stevie 18 966 2
Survey your site about 1 year ago by liz 2 563 3

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Hydrogen Sulfide

(above image by @ErikHanley11)

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Hydrogen Sulfide about 1 year ago by warren 38 981 2
Hydrogen Sulfide Detection almost 3 years ago by gretchengehrke 5 1,717 0
Hydrogen Sulfide Regulations almost 3 years ago by stevie 11 2,458 1
Hydrogen Sulfide Effects almost 3 years ago by warren 7 652 1

Odor Reporting

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Odor Logging 4 months ago by bhamster 33 885 3
Orangetown Aluf 12 months ago by stevie 5 170 1


stormwater

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.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Stormwater Monitoring 27 days ago by liz 32 1,326 3
Riffle: an Open Source Water Monitoring Approach almost 3 years ago by warren 100 4,436 22
turbidity sensor over 8 years ago by liz 4 502 0

timelapse

Photo documentation

Public Lab work began with photographic monitoring using balloons and kites. We've grown our coalition around a number of other ways that powerful visual evidence can be produced through photography.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Photo Sharing about 3 years ago by xose 6 702 1
Image Sorting about 3 years ago by zengirl2 4 942 1
Photo Monitoring over 3 years ago by stevie 45 1,043 2
Refinery Watching about 5 years ago by warren 18 594 5

Turbidity

A range of techniques has been compiled around turbidity monitoring:

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Assess Turbidity in Water over 1 year ago by liz 13 2,300 2
Turbidity Measurement Methods & Regulations almost 3 years ago by gilbert 1 1,092 0
turbidity_sensing almost 3 years ago by warren 3 1,806 1
turbidity sensor over 8 years ago by liz 4 502 0

datalogger

Datalogging

A surprisingly broad coalition of projects has developed around Public Lab for logging data from different sources. See the main Data Logging page for more.

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Nano Data Logger almost 2 years ago by cfastie 11 5,204 4
MACA over 2 years ago by nanocastro 4 523 5
WebJack over 2 years ago by warren 5 1,334 1
Mayfly over 2 years ago by warren 5 247 0
Log-a-Long Timer over 2 years ago by cfastie 1 459 1
New Concepts for OSHW in Indoor Gardening almost 3 years ago by Aigi666 18 1,081 1
Mini Pearl Logger almost 3 years ago by cfastie 6 1,194 1
SkyPod GPS Logger almost 3 years ago by cfastie 8 781 2
DustDuino almost 3 years ago by warren 26 5,580 7
Riffle: an Open Source Water Monitoring Approach almost 3 years ago by warren 100 4,436 22
Fido - The Raspberry Pi based Temperature Alarm that sends text messages over 3 years ago by rjstatic 3 3,170 1
Mãe d'Água almost 4 years ago by vjpixel 9 1,612 8


soil sampling

Soil Monitoring

We're developing initial soil sampling and monitoring techniques and resources under the "soil testing" topic:

Title Updated Version Views Likes
Soil Contamination 6 months ago by joyofsoy 26 1,871 9
Soil Sampling Toolkit over 1 year ago by Bronwen 10 538 5
Soil Sampling about 3 years ago by warren 2 904 3
Open Land over 4 years ago by eustatic 3 183 1


Questions

Title Author Updated Likes Comments
What are ways to monitor for oil and gas spills on private property? @stevie 6 months ago 3
How can you tell if a sheen on water is bacterial or petroleum (oil)? @stevie 10 months ago 2
How can I calibrate a turbidity sensor? @wmacfarl 11 months ago 4
Reused fracking water? @charlotte_clarke about 1 year ago 2
How can we relate water quality sensor measurements to oil/gas pollution? @wmacfarl about 1 year ago 2
How do you test for oil and gas-related contaminants in soils? @DanielleS almost 2 years ago 3
Advice regarding taking photos over frozen @dailyxeoto over 2 years ago 1
How to test water for heavy metals today? @Devon7 over 2 years ago 4
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren almost 3 years ago 5
What are your experiences with optical gas imaging cameras? @liz almost 3 years ago 1
Oil Chemistry of Keystone Leak @kayaerbil about 3 years ago 5
What gases can a FLIR GasFinder (OGI) infrared camera detect? @warren about 3 years ago 1
How do I identify an oil sheen or spill or slick in aerial photography? @warren about 3 years ago 1
How much do different oil pollution tests cost? @warren about 3 years ago 1
What does oil pollution mean for my health? @warren about 3 years ago 1
Are there any exemptions under the NPDES? @stevie almost 4 years ago 4
Is there a water quality equivalent of Smoke School, the EPA air pollution observer certification? @warren about 4 years ago 1
Is CALPUFF a good air quality modeling tool @marlokeno about 4 years ago 4
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