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.

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.

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.

Ohio Class II Peer Review

This review of the State of Ohio was finalized in January 2017 by a team of Class II program managers from other state programs and overseen by the GWPC.  We would like to thank the State of Ohio for their assistance to the review team and we look forward to working with other states as we move forward with additional reviews.

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. 

EPA Signs Fourth Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule

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).

Navajo UIC Supervisor Job Vacancy

Now Accepting Abstracts for the 2017 UIC Conference

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:

GWPC Checklist for Regulators on Well Integrity

-- 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.

Alabama State Geologist, Berry H. "Nick" Tew, Jr., Recognized for Contributions to the Field of Geoscience

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize Berry H. “Nick” Tew, Jr., the
State Geologist of Alabama, with the AGI Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the
Geosciences, its highest award. He is recognized for his roles, abilities and successes in bringing academia,
government, industry and the public together to address major societal challenges in the geosciences.

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