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Supreme Court rejects EPA's narrow view of Clean Water Act


(By Mark Sherman | Associated Press)

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sewage plants and other industries cannot avoid environmental requirements under landmark clean-water protections when they send dirty water on an indirect route to rivers, oceans and other navigable waterways.

Rejecting the Trump administration’s views, the justices held by a 6-3 vote that the discharge of polluted water into the ground, rather than directly into nearby waterways, does not relieve an industry of complying with the ...

ATTENTION: GWPC Staff Teleworking


The GWPC is taking steps to mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission and infection in the workplace and to the general public. Our staff has begun teleworking.

GWPC remains committed to its mission and our member states. Our main office phone line will be answered and office hours will remain the same. Thank you for your understanding.

GWPC UIC Conference Highlights Carbon Capture and Storage


The Ground Water Protection Council is offering a full day track dedicated to carbon capture and storage during its upcoming Underground Injection Control (UIC) Conference February 16 – 19, 2020 in San Antonio.

The annual conference is widely attended by state and federal government officials, industry representatives, academia, and NGOs from across the country.

We’re excited to offer this track focusing on carbon capture and storage,” said Mike Paque, GWPC executive director. “This topic is particularly important and timely as many more states are seeking primacy for the...

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NETL to Offer National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) Workshop


U.S. DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will host a free full-day National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) Workshop at the Omni Hotel in San Antonio, co-located with the GWPC UIC Conference.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 19.

Workshop participants do not have to be registered for the GWPC UIC Conference to attend; however, pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Topics Covered:

  • NRAP research objectives and products
  • Considerations for risk-based characterization at geologic carbon storage sites
  • ...
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The Exchange Releases Colorado Idle Well Peer Assessment


The State Oil and Gas Regulatory Exchange (Exchange) has released a peer assessment of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's (COGCC’s) idle well program. The Exchange is a partnership between the Ground Water Protection Council (GPWC) and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) with a mission to assist states’ efforts to continuously improve their oil and gas regulatory programs. 

At the request of the COGCC, oil and gas regulators from Alabama, Alaska, and Arkansas reviewed Colorado's regulations relating to idle wells.  In Colorado, idle wells represent...

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