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If its champions have their way, a proposed joint industry project (JIP) would help clear the way for an onshore drilling and production operation to be carried out with zero environmental impact. In seeking the blessing of the Drilling Engineering Association (DEA), proponents of the Technology Integration Program (TIP) said the JIP would add a holistic element to the eight-year-old Environmentally Friendly Drilling (EFD) program. In other words, where much of the private and publically-funded EFD’s efforts have concentrated on specific components, the research initiative would look at the entire process to identify the gaps that, once filled, could allow the industry to someday deliver a footprint-free drilling operation. Plans call for a final public report, to be ready by the end of next year.

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