EarthworksLast Updated on 2012-05-21 10:19:41New report shows New Mexico fails to enforce its oil and gas drilling rules
NM OCD enforcement is sparse, arbitrary, toothless and opaque
Santa Fe, NM, May 17th – Today Earthworks’ Oil & Gas Accountability Project released a new report, NM OCD: Inadequate enforcement guarantees irresponsible oil and gas development. Part of a national assessment of state oil and gas regulatory enforcement, highlights of the New Mexico-specific findings include:
More than 60% of active oil & gas wells go uninspected each year.
Where violations are found, individual inspectors have complete discretion as to whether and how violations are recorded -- in essence, each inspector is their own lawmaker.
Few violators are penalized, and when they are, penalites are too low to deter future violations
Public is prohibited access to data that would reveal how responsibly industry is... More »
Sen. Mark UdallLast Updated on 2012-05-17 00:00:00
Dear Fellow Coloradan,
Water is our most precious natural resource in the West. It is also in limited supply. Therefore, it is often subject to conflict. (Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting, or so goes the old saying.) But thanks to the hard work of generations of Coloradans, we have been able to reap the benefits of our streams and rivers. That is something worth celebrating.
That's why this week I introduced a resolution, along with Senator Bennet, honoring 2012 as the Year of Water in Colorado. The resolution builds on Colorado Water 2012, a statewide celebration designed to engage all Coloradans in a conversation about the past, present and future of our water. My resolution recognizes the importance of water in Colorado and many of the organizations that have innovated and cooperated over the past century to develop, protect and conserve this scarce... More »
Environmental Protection AgencyLast Updated on 2010-07-02 00:00:005/17/12
On May 4, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released draft underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for Class II wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. EPA developed the draft guidance to clarify how companies can comply with a law passed by Congress in 2005, which exempted hydraulic fracturing operations from the requirement to obtain a UIC permit, except in cases where diesel fuel is used as a fracturing fluid. See these links for details.
Guidance: http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/ui c/class2/hydraulicfracturing/hydraulic-fracturing.cfm
Contact Information: Cathy Milbourn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-564-7849, 202-564-4355
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Millions of gallons spilled in Colo. over 2 1/2 year periodLast Updated on 2010-06-29 08:31:52Post analysis of state accident reportsBy Burt Hubbard The Denver PostPosted: 06/28/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 06/28/2010 08:45:52 AM MDT
Oil and gas companies have reported almost 1,000 spills to Colorado regulators over the past 2 1/2 years, totaling 5.2 million gallons of drilling liquids and oil.
They ranged from small oil leaks from half-closed valves to thousands of barrels of tainted water that escaped from pits.
It's far from the volume of oil now shooting into the Gulf of Mexico, but a Denver Post analysis of state spill reports shows that even far from offshore, drilling for oil can regularly create unintended messes:
• Produced water extracted along with natural gas and frac water used in the drilling process were the most common substances spilled. They accounted for nearly half of the spills, 461, and about 85 percent of the... More »
When Water and Energy CollideLast Updated on 2010-06-10 05:35:29June 7th, 2010 10:29am PST
Posted By Elizabeth Cutright 1 Comment
Last week, I discussed some positive changes in the green building movement—specifically USGB’s decision to expand the water efficiency requirements under its LEED certification program. As I see it, whenever there is an acknowledgement of the interdependent relationship between water and energy, we all win.
This week, Slate.com’s Daniel Gross posted an article on “extreme energy”—energy sources that negatively impact our natural resources and bring with them the ever-present risk of environmental catastrophe. I think we can all agree that the current situation in the Gulf of Mexico is a perfect example of extreme energy gone wrong.
But the oil spill in the Gulf also exemplifies what happens when the relationship between energy and water goes sour. It may take 7% of the world’s energy supply to collect,... More »
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