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EPA reviews states’ solid waste management regulations for oil and gas operations

In an April 1, 2014 memorandum, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) summarized state regulatory programs concerning the management of solid waste from oil and natural gas exploration, development and production (E&P) operations.

In reviewing each state’s regulations, the EPA focused on surface storage and disposal facilities managing produced waters, drilling muds, drilling cuttings, hydraulic fracturing return fluids, and various other waste liquids and materials intrinsically related to oil and gas E&P.

The EPA found that the state regulations were primarily concerned with the “technical requirements associated with the design, construction, operation, maintenance, closure, and reclamation of surface pits, … Continue Reading

Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission finalizes hydraulic fracturing rules

The Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission finalized its proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations at a public meeting on April 2, 2014. The Commission first proposed these regulations in December 2012 and has revised the draft regulations several times.

The regulations require the disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process and, with this last revision, include a provision allowing the operators to submit the names of proprietary chemicals confidentially. The confidential information must be “separately filed in an envelope clearly marked confidential along with a list of the documents which are non-disclosable as trade secrets, the specific legal authority, … Continue Reading

Alaskan Oil & Gas Agency Proposes Regulations of Hydraulic Fracturing

On September 23, 2013, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) held a public hearing on proposed regulations for the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in the state.

While hydraulic fracturing has been used for decades in Alaska, Alaskan oil and gas production is entirely from conventional porous rock sources, so hydraulic fracturing is not used to the same degree as elsewhere in the United States.

The proposed regulations will incorporate Alaska’s current wellbore integrity rules, but seek to increase oversight and make more information available to the public.

Specifically, the regulations would require the approval of … Continue Reading