News & Updates

Railroad Commission of Texas Presents 2016 Year in Review

12-22-2016

The Railroad Commission of Texas today released the agency's 2016 Year in Review highlighting many of the regulatory agency's accomplishments during the past year. The Year in Review reflects significant milestones, exciting changes and a continuing commitment to protecting public safety and our natural resources while maintaining a fair and stable regulatory environment. 

During 2016, the Commission celebrated its 125th anniversary, welcomed new leadership, implemented technology advancements, enhanced regulations and improved communication across all agency divisions. The 2016...

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EPA Signs Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule

12-09-2016

EPA.gov | December 9

The 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) amendments require that once every five years EPA issue a new list of no more than 30 unregulated contaminants to be monitored by public water systems (PWSs).

The EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy, signed the fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) on December 8, 2016, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR). UCMR 4 requires monitoring for 30 chemical contaminants between 2018 and 2020 using analytical methods developed by EPA and consensus organizations. This...

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Now Accepting Abstracts for the 2017 UIC Conference

10-24-2016

The GWPC is excited to announce that we are now accepting abstracts for the 2017 Annual UIC Conference, February 21-23, 2017, in Austin Texas.

Please note, we've changed our abstract submittal process in hopes of making it as simple as possible.

We're looking forward to this year's agenda. Here is a list of categories we are currently seeking to fill:

  • Aquifer Storage & Recovery | Managed Aquifer Recharge
    • Examples of current successful projects
  • Aquifer Exemption
    • Updates to...
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GWPC Checklist for Regulators on Well Integrity

10-03-2016

-- A commentary by Adam Peltz, Environmental Defense Fund

After several years of collaboration among regulatory experts from across the country, the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC), recently published a set of 136 “Regulatory Elements” intended to provide regulators with ideas to consider when improving oversight of the permitting, construction, operation and plugging of oil and gas wells.

This may sound dry, but regulations addressing these elements are what keep oil and gas wells from blowing up during drilling or later leaking methane, oil, saltwater,...

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