News & Updates

EPA Approves North Dakota’s Request to Implement and Enforce Class VI Underground Injection Control Program

04-11-2018

(April 10, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has approved the State of North Dakota’s request to implement and enforce its own Class VI Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. As part of the agency’s efforts to increase cooperative federalism, this action marks the first time that any state has received primacy for Class VI UIC wells. Class VI UIC wells are used for the long-term storage of carbon dioxide captured from industrial and energy related sources.

“The State of North Dakota is a proven partner in ensuring the...

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EPA Releases Drinking Water Infrastructure Survey Results

03-30-2018

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing the sixth Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment. The Needs Survey shows that $472.6 billion is needed to maintain and improve the nation’s drinking water infrastructure over the next 20 years.  The results of the new Drinking Water Needs Survey will form the basis for the state allocation formula for the DWSRF.

EPA’s assessment shows that improvements are primarily needed in:

  • Distribution and transmission: $312.6 billion to replace or refurbish aging or deteriorating...
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States First Initiative Releases Second Edition of Induced Seismicity Primer

11-29-2017

States First, an Initiative of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and the Ground Water Protection Council, is pleased to announce the release of its second edition of the report entitled “Potential Injection-Induced Seismicity Associated with Oil & Gas Development:  A Primer on Technical and Regulatory Considerations Informing Risk Management and Mitigation.”

This 2017 revision of the 2015 report contains numerous additions, updates, clarifications and corrections which will help regulators and the public understand aspects of induced seismicity and its relationship...

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National Oil and Gas Gateway consolidates well-level data from participating states

10-04-2017

(Source: EIA Today in Energy)

The National Oil and Gas Gateway is the first publicly available website with oil and natural gas well-level data from multiple states. The website was created as a collaborative initiative among the U.S. Energy Information Administration; the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) and its member states; and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Oil and Natural Gas, part of the Office of Fossil Energy.

Well-level data in the Gateway are updated monthly by the participating states. Ten oil- and...

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RBDMS 3.0 “Alpha” Release

07-24-2017

The GWPC is pleased to announce that the RBDMS 3.0 alpha release (“Alpha”) is available for evaluation by interested parties.  As discussed at the Lido conference, “Alpha” represents our first step towards leveraging the work being done in California on the WellSTAR project for the national RBDMS community.

As shown in Figure 1 below, WellSTAR includes four major releases, each with its own targeted functional and technical components.  Release 1.0 serves as the WellSTAR Technical Pilot and implements the architecture backbone of the RBDMS 3.0 application suite.  It demonstrates the...

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