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Multi-State Work Group Releases Report on Gas Storage Regulatory Considerations

05-08-2017

Oklahoma City, OK, May 08, 2017 -  A national Natural Gas Storage Work Group released today a report on underground gas storage that evaluates potential vulnerabilities at gas storage operations and identifies prospective regulatory responses for consideration by state and federal agencies.

Most underground gas storage facilities have safe histories of operation and allow large supplies of gas to be stored during times of low demand, and withdrawn from storage when demand for natural gas is high; thereby reducing the need for larger transmission pipelines and allowing for continuous...

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Earthquake dashboard streamlines Oklahoma regulatory response

05-05-2017

(The Oklahoman) Earthquake rates may have declined in Oklahoma in recent months, but that doesn't mean regulators are resting on their laurels.

Instead, they are continuing to refine technology and data collection practices from researchers and oil and gas companies. Among those efforts is the evolution of a visual "dashboard" developed by the Groundwater Protection Council with the help of other organizations.

The software pulls in publicly available data from earthquake repositories, faults and up-to-date information on the...

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NGWA Presents National Groundwater Awareness Week

03-03-2017

March 5-11, 2017, is National Groundwater Awareness Week! Presented by the National Groundwater Association, the designated week aims to educate well owners, the general public, teachers and students about the importance of groundwater and how it impacts our ecosystem.

If you would like to support NGWA in this important public education initiative, the organization has provided numerous resources. Visit the NGWA Web site for sample news releases, radio spots, and educational tools and information.

The GWPC has made these resources available on our Web site as well, and...

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State Regulators Release Assessment of Idaho's Oil and Gas Regulatory Program

02-15-2017

Boise, Idaho – The State Oil and Gas Regulatory Exchange (SOGRE), an innovative regulatory improvement program created under the States First Initiative by two state-based organizations, finds Idaho’s oil and gas regulatory structure to be mostly in line with the regulatory practices of other oil and gas producing states, and provides guidance for Idaho as its regulation of oil and gas exploration, drilling and production continues to evolve.

Team members of this SOGRE assessment presented its final assessment report of Idaho’s oil and gas statutory authorities and...

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GWPC Reviews Ohio Class II Underground Injection Control Program

01-23-2017

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting groundwater resources throughout the nation, recently released its review of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (DOGRM) Underground Injection Control (UIC) program.

“The purpose of state reviews is to evaluate the elements of state Class II UIC programs, highlight their positive aspects and offer suggestions for program improvement; where appropriate,” said Mike Nickolaus, special projects director for GWPC. “By requesting these...

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