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


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


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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EPA Launches Groundwater Video Challenge


Calling all budding filmmakers and citizen scientists! National Groundwater Awareness Week is March 5 -11, 2017.  The purpose of the week is to educate and increase awareness about the importance of groundwater resources.

This year, EPA will be launching its first ever groundwater awareness video challenge to support National Groundwater Awareness Week. This challenge encourages individuals to create and submit original videos about understanding, protecting, and/or conserving groundwater.

Submit your entry starting February 1, 2017, for a chance to have your...

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Railroad Commission of Texas Presents 2016 Year in Review


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 | 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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