Day 1

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State Oil and Gas Regulations designed to protect water resources

In step with dramatic industry growth over the past five years, states have substantially improved groundwater

protection laws and regulations governing oil and natural gas production. State regulatory strategies

differ in response to unique local circumstances and characteristics; over time, they evolve to address

public concerns about the safety and environmental impact of oil and gas development, as well as rapidly

changing technologies, new field discoveries, revised leading operational practices, internal and external

OPPORTUNITIES TO PROTECT DRINKING WATER SOURCES AND ADVANCE WATERSHED GOALS THROUGH THE CLEAN WATER ACT

This Toolkit is a result of state and EPA collaboration. It could not have been developed without the time, effort and dedication of those who contributed to it and particularly the expertise of the state and EPA regional participants who are implementing the practices in this report.

White Paper II Summarizing a Special Session on Induced Seismicity

The topic of induced seismicity, or earthquakes caused by human activities, and in particular seismicity associated with hydraulic fracturing and disposal wells, has been the source of heightened interest and controversy over the past several years. To help disseminate factual information on the subject, the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) and its research arm, the Ground Water Research and Education Foundation (GWREF), decided to include sessions on induced seismicity in two of the organization’s 2013 conferences.

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