News & Updates

New FE Job Opening Posted - DOE Director of Oil and Natural Gas Research


Please share this information with the official representatives and anyone else you think may be interested.  The posting closes on 9/25/2015.  This is an new position with no incumbent.   
The person selected for this position would have a key role in leading DOE oil and natural gas research programs as currently configured and shaping the future research agenda.  
Senior Executive Service (SES) position of Director, Office of Research, ES-801, in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas, U.S. Department of Energy, located in...

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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!
Read this week's edition here.

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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