A lot of people don’t think about oil and gas in terms of the medicine we need or the food we eat, but most products we buy are touched by this industry. The energy that heats our homes, and powers our cars, trains, planes, and boats allows us to enjoy an advanced quality of life. Much of our current technology is directly powered or indirectly in need of oil and gas. That doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be regulations and safe practices to ensure the welfare of our planet and the living things that inhabit it. Oil and gas companies have a big responsibility, other than just bringing in a profit. The environment is as much a major concern for them as it is for everyone else.
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) is holding the 2013 APPEA Conference in Brisbane, Australia from May 26 to 29. This is the Southern Hemisphere’s leading oil and gas event, where local and international experts from the industry — including people from the technical, economic, environmental, and political sectors — come together and exchange ideas and ways to help promote the sale and reliable use of oil and gas.
In Australia, as it is in the rest of the world, it’s important that the oil and gas industry be regulated and accountable to governments and people who care as much about the environment as the companies do. There is room for innovation to help improve the industry and keep our planet greener, and still provide people with the fuel to drive automobiles, economies, and the future.
Technology and Collaboration
Juggling the need to stay ahead in a competitive industry, obeying government regulations, and making the environment a priority— these are not easy tasks. As in many other situations and challenges companies face in the 21st century, technology helps to overcome some of these issues. No matter if it’s identifying where to drill, optimizing production targets, or classic big data problems of capturing data from the environment, oil and gas companies must be able to manage everything.
Combine the need for technology with the value of collaboration and the oil and gas industry can continue to help provide the world with a valuable resource and protect the future.