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.
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.
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.
Final SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (May 2015)
Regulatory Program for Horizontal Drilling and High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing to Develop the Marcellus Shale and Other Low-Permeability Gas Reservoirs
The Final Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Final SGEIS) was released on May 13, 2015, completing the environmental review of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF). The Findings statement will be issued not less than 10 calendar days after the publication of the Final SGEIS.
"WEBINAR: 2nd CWA-SDWA Toolkit Webinar: Using Water Quality Standards, Monitoring, Assessment, and Impaired Waters Listings to Protect and Preserve Drinking Water Quality - April 28, 2015: View the presentations and an audio/video recording of this webinar with more detailed information about Sections 1 – 2 of the toolkit and three state examples from New York, Oregon, and Colorado.
· Video of the Webinar: https://youtu.be/IKjz460r5hw
Major Improvements to FracFocus Announced
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY - As it enters its fourth year, FracFocus, the nationwide system for disclosing chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process, continues to improve its performance and versatility.