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This Week's Communique


Communique, August 27, 2015 
The latest information on the Annual Forum, WOTUS, water availability, disposal well regulations and more!
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Induced Seismicity Update


The Induced Seismicity work group is continuing its efforts to develop a primer to provide regulatory agencies with a guide to the causes and effects of induced seismic events. The work group, which is a part of the States First Initiative, will release the primer in September at the GWPC Annual Forum. More information about the work group project, scope and participants can be found in a Fact Sheet on the States First Web site. 

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Forest Service withdraws proposed groundwater directive


Forest Service withdraws proposed groundwater directive

After several recent high-profile interactions with Congress, where members questioned the intent of the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) proposed directive on groundwater, USFS formally withdrew the directive on June 19. The directive was criticized by some in Congress who perceived it as federal government overreach into state issues.

Chris Carlson, USFS Groundwater Program Leader, stated: “By withdrawing the proposed directive, the agency is hoping to be able to continue important conversations with states, tribes and...

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Waters of the US Rule Finalized


May 27, 2015 -- The EPA administrator signed the final rule redefining jurisdictional “Waters of the US” under the Clean Water Act and EPA and Army Corps jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The final rule, now referred to as the Clean Water Rule, will be published in the Federal Register within 2 to 3 week of the signing and will be effective 60 days after it is published.
Protection for many of the nation’s streams and wetlands has been confusing, complex, and time-consuming as the result of Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. The Clean Water Rule more precisely...

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Final SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (May 2015)


Final SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (May 2015)
Regulatory Program for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing to Develop the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs
The Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Final SGEIS) was released on May 13, 2015, completing the environmental review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF). The Findings statement will be issued not less than 10 calendar days after the publication of the Final SGEIS.
In December 2014...

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