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Federal Appeals Court Affirms Decision Striking Down Fayette County, WV Wastewater Injection Ban

Posted in Energy
On August 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision striking down a Fayette County, WV ordinance prohibiting wastewater injection.  EQT Production Company challenged the ordinance—which restricted “storage, treatment, injection, process or permanent disposal” of wastewater within the county, including specifically, the use of injection wells… Continue Reading

U.S. Senate Votes to Maintain Hydraulic Fracturing Exemption from UIC Program

Posted in Energy, Environment
On January 28, 2015, the U.S. Senate voted against (35-63) Amendment 48 to modify the definition of “underground injection” under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program.  The amendment would have repealed a provision in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that exempted hydraulic fracturing from regulation under the federal UIC program.… Continue Reading

OH: State Issues New UIC Permits

Posted in Energy
The Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has issued four new injection well permits according to this article by WOUB:  "Ohio has begun issuing its first permits for deep injection of chemically-laced wastewater from oil and gas drilling since a New Year’s Eve quake in Youngstown prompted an unofficial statewide moratorium on new wells.… Continue Reading

PA: New Injection Wells Issued Draft Permits

Posted in Energy, Environment
State Impact is reporting that U.S. EPA has issued two draft permits for wastewater injection wells in Pennsylvania:  "The Environmental Protection Agency has issued draft permits for fracking wastewater disposal wells in both Elk and Clearfield counties. The state has only five permitted and operating underground injection disposal wells that take wastewater from oil and… Continue Reading

OH: Executive Order – Injection Wells

Posted in Energy
Ohio Governor, John Kasich, issued an executive order yesterday authorizing the Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management (Division) to amend its wastewater injection well permitting and operating rules by filing certain amendments electronically with the Secretary of State, Director of the Legislative Services Commission, and the Joint Committee on Agency Rules Review (JCARR).  See here (Executive… Continue Reading

PA UIC Permitting Not Going Well

Posted in Energy, Environment
U.S. EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) recently found that the agency had failed to conduct a sufficient review of two wastewater disposal well permit applications.  From the syllabus of In Re:  Bear Lake Properties, LLC (UIC Appeal No. 11-03) (Jun. 28, 2012):  "The Region had a responsibility to ensure that accurate data as to drinking… Continue Reading

OH: New Legislation Signed by Governor

Posted in Energy
Governor John R. Kasich signed into law yesterday Sub. S.B. 315, making substantial revisions to Ohio’s oil and gas exploration and midstream programs (e.g., new frac fluid disclosure requirements, water sourcing disclosures, pipeline safety obligations).  "Gov. John Kasich came to Akron on Monday to sign Senate Bill 315, sweeping energy legislation that includes tough rules… Continue Reading

OH: New UIC Rule Proposals

Posted in Energy
The Ohio Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has published for comment draft rules revising its underground injection control (UIC) well program.  See here.  Comments are due June 18, 2012.  On a related note, we anticipate that new UIC permits will begin to issue in the next couple of weeks (for those outside of… Continue Reading