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
reviews, and regulatory experience.