News & Updates

California’s RBDMS 3.0: WellSTAR Release 4 Goes Live


The fourth release of California’s RBDMS 3.0 upgrade (WellSTAR - Well Statewide Tracking and Reporting) went live on April 30, 2019. This release added functionality to WellSTAR in the following areas: well stimulation, gas storage and EPA reporting. This release comes two and a half years after the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) began working with the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) to upgrade their software systems. Both operators and DOGGR staff have been using WellSTAR for over a year now. With each release more...

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National Groundwater Monitoring Network 2019 Funding Opportunity


The U.S. Geological Survey plans to award up to $2 million in cooperative agreements to support participation in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network (NGWMN) in Federal Fiscal Year 2019.

After evaluation of proposals from the Program Announcement that closed in November 2018, there is still funding available for Fiscal Year 2019.The NGWMN plans to issue a second Program Announcement for 2019 with up to $700,000 available for NGWMN data providers.

The USGS is working with the Federal Advisory Committee on Water Information’s (ACWI)...

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5 compelling reasons you shouldn’t miss the 2019 UIC conference


National UIC Conference | Feb. 24-27, 2019 | Fort Worth, Texas

If you deal with Underground Injection Control in any way you'll want to take a look at the top 5 reasons why you shouldn't miss this year's National UIC Conference, as well as what past attendees have said about the value of the conference to them. 

  1. The GWPC Underground Injection Control conference is the ONLY comprehensive UIC conference in the nation. 
    The UIC conference brings together UIC experts from state government, federal government, industry, NGOs, and...
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North Dakota Becomes Second State to Implement RBDMS 3.0


In early October the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) Oil and Gas Division officially kicked off the project to upgrade from RBDMS Classic to RBDMS 3.0. The NDIC will be the second agency to implement RBDMS 3.0 behind the California Department of Conservation Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). DOGGR partnered with GWPC to build RBDMS 3.0 in 2016 and is currently starting the fourth of four project releases.

The NDIC Oil and Gas Division installed RBDMS Classic in 2002 and it was flexible enough to support their regulatory efforts ...

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Q&A: A Young Oil & Gas Program Benefits from RBDMS


In 2010 the first commercially viable natural gas well was drilled in Idaho after a century of failed exploration. Within two years the Idaho Department of Lands was responsible for overseeing nine operating wells and they knew the number was going to grow. The Department hired staff with oil and gas experience to ensure operators were following regulations, and each year the state’s legislature passed new rule and statutory changes.

During this time of quickly changing regulations and drilling activity, the Department identified RBDMS as the best tool to help them track oil and gas...

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