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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.


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



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
Community Microscope Kit about 1 month ago by imvec 57 9
Microscopes 8 months ago by warren 14 1
Basic Microscope Kit 10 months ago by asnow 25 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
Air Sampling 11 months ago by warren 21 2
Sampling about 1 year ago by warren 2 3

Measuring particles

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

Title Updated Version Views
Particle Sensing 8 months ago by warren 25 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
Visual Monitoring of Particulate Matter 5 months ago by stevie 17 2
Site Survey almost 2 years ago by stevie 1 3


Hydrogen Sulfide

(above image by @ErikHanley11)

Title Updated Version Views
Hydrogen Sulfide about 1 year ago by Gaurav 37 2
Hydrogen Sulfide Detection about 1 year ago by gretchengehrke 5 0
Hydrogen Sulfide Regulations about 1 year ago by stevie 11 1
Hydrogen Sulfide Effects about 1 year ago by warren 7 1

Odor Reporting

Title Updated Version Views
Odor 5 months ago by imvec 30 3


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
Stormwater Monitoring 5 months ago by warren 26 1
Riffle: an Open Source Water Monitoring Approach about 1 year ago by warren 100 21
turbidity sensor almost 7 years ago by liz 4 0


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
Photo Sharing over 1 year ago by xose 6 1
Image Sorting over 1 year ago by zengirl2 4 1
Photo Monitoring over 1 year ago by stevie 45 2
Refinery Watching about 3 years ago by warren 18 5


A range of techniques has been compiled around turbidity monitoring:

Title Updated Version Views
Turbidity Measurement Methods & Regulations about 1 year ago by gilbert 1 0
Turbidity about 1 year ago by warren 11 2
turbidity_sensing about 1 year ago by warren 3 1
Turbidity Tube almost 2 years ago by liz 2 0
turbidity sensor almost 7 years ago by liz 4 0



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
Nano Data Logger about 1 month ago by cfastie 11 4
MACA 8 months ago by nanocastro 4 5
WebJack 8 months ago by warren 5 1
Mayfly 9 months ago by warren 5 0
Log-a-Long Timer 11 months ago by cfastie 1 1
New Concepts for OSHW in Indoor Gardening 12 months ago by Aigi666 18 1
Mini Pearl Logger 12 months ago by cfastie 6 1
SkyPod GPS Logger about 1 year ago by cfastie 8 2
DustDuino about 1 year ago by warren 26 7
Riffle: an Open Source Water Monitoring Approach about 1 year ago by warren 100 21
Fido - The Raspberry Pi based Temperature Alarm that sends text messages over 1 year ago by rjstatic 3 1
Mãe d'Água almost 2 years ago by vjpixel 9 7

soil sampling

Soil Monitoring

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

Title Updated Version Views
Soil Sampling Toolkit 3 months ago by jjcreedon 7 4
Soil Sampling over 1 year ago by warren 2 2
Open Land almost 3 years ago by eustatic 3 1


Title Author Updated Likes
Advice regarding taking photos over frozen @dailyxeoto 7 months ago
How to test water for heavy metals today? @Devon7 10 months ago
What do respirable silica particles (frac sand pollution) look like? @warren 11 months ago
What are your experiences with optical gas imaging cameras? @liz 12 months ago
Oil Chemistry of Keystone Leak @kayaerbil about 1 year ago
What gases can a FLIR GasFinder (OGI) infrared camera detect? @warren over 1 year ago
How do I identify an oil sheen or spill or slick in aerial photography? @warren over 1 year ago
How much do different oil pollution tests cost? @warren over 1 year ago
What does oil pollution mean for my health? @warren over 1 year ago
Are there any exemptions under the NPDES? @stevie almost 2 years ago
Is there a water quality equivalent of Smoke School, the EPA air pollution observer certification? @warren over 2 years ago
Is CALPUFF a good air quality modeling tool @marlokeno over 2 years ago
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