(Sept. 2015)This report is developed by the StatesFirst Induced Seismicity by Injection Work Group (ISWG) members (the State agencies) with input and support from the ISWG technical advisors (subject matter experts from academia, industry, federal agencies, and environmental organizations) to help better inform all stakeholders and the public on technical and regulatory considerations associated with evaluation and response, seismic monitoring systems, information sharing, and the use of ground motion metrics.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Thirteen states partnered through a multi-state initiative called StatesFirst this past year to share and summarize current knowledge related to earthquakes potentially caused by human activity, otherwise referred to as induced seismicity.
Today, the work group comprised of members of state oil and natural gas and geological agencies and other advisory experts from academia, industry, non-profit organizations and federal agencies released a Primer to provide a guide for regulatory agencies to evaluate and develop strategies to mitigate and manage risks of injection induced seismicity. The Primer also outlines how states can best provide information to the public in a transparent and effective manner.
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.