Submitted by Erica Carr on Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:46
The State Oil & Gas Regulatory Exchange (SOGRE) released today a Peer Assessment of Virginia's Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, Division of Oil and Gas. SOGRE is an outreach program created under the States First Initiative. The mission of the SOGRE is to assist states to continually improve state oil and gas regulatory programs by providing member states consultation and program assessment services targeted to their specific needs.
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.
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.
GWPC Board Member and Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (OGM) Director John Baza has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to serve as a member of the National Petroleum Council. His appointment runs through December 2019.
“I am honored to represent the state oil and gas regulatory authority in Utah and provide our unique advice, information, and recommendations,” commented Baza. “I am eager to solve oil and gas related challenges alongside the other representatives chosen to serve the nation through this valuable cooperative effort.”
This first webinar in ASWM and NRCS’s jointly developed nine-part wetland training webinar series will provide an introduction to wetlands. The webinar will start with introducing the primary components of a wetland, moving on to what makes wetlands distinctive from other types of waters and land. Next, the webinar will cover the variability of wetlands across the landscape, including across seasons and time and the benefits of wetlands.
(April 10, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it has approved the State of North Dakota’s request to implement and enforce its own Class VI Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. As part of the agency’s efforts to increase cooperative federalism, this action marks the first time that any state has received primacy for Class VI UIC wells. Class VI UIC wells are used for the long-term storage of carbon dioxide captured from industrial and energy related sources.