The Environmental Compliance Information for Energy Extraction (ECIEE) Portal is intended to help you comply with environmental regulations that affect the exploration/development, extraction, production and processing of on-shore crude oil and natural gas. The site includes overviews of the regulations and links to more detailed information and other resources that can help this sector operate in an environmentally responsible manner.

This website was developed and is maintained by the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. Funding for this project has been provided by EPA under the National Compliance Assistance Centers program. For more information, or to pass along suggestions, please contact: Lisa Stobierski, Administrative Director, LisaS@ncms.org.

EPA review of SPCC and RFP Plans – Fact Sheet and Webinar. EPA conducted an internal quality and consistency review of a sample of Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans and Facility Response Plans (FRPs) required under 40 CFR part 112. The review was conducted to inform EPA’s outreach program, provide regulatory clarity and improve SPCC and FRP compliance. EPA summarized its findings in the Quality and Consistency Review of SPCC and FRP Plans: Summary of Findings Fact Sheet. The review addresses recommendations provided in an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report: EPA Needs to Further Improve How It Manages Its Oil Pollution Prevention Program (Report No. 12-P-0253, February 6, 2012). EPA will hold three stakeholder webinars about this review on May 4, May 19, and May 20, 2021. Details and registration links can be found here.

New Compliance Assistance for Crude Oil Storage. Please visit our new “Technical Topic” – “Storage of Crude Oil.” This page provides information about the potential requirements that may apply to oil storage activities under the CAA, CWA, EPCRA, RCRA and Emergency Response Authorities. The page also provides resources for the storage of crude oil in Indian Country.

New EPA Compliance Advisory on “Compliance Concerns Associated with Increasing Oil Storage.” This 3-page advisory is written to help facilities that may be increasing existing oil storage capacity or creating new oil storage capacity, and explains the Clean Water Act requirements that apply, such as Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Facility Response Plan (FRP) requirements. Find the Compliance Advisory at https://www.epa.gov/compliance/compliance-advisory-compliance-concerns-associated-increasing-oil-storage.

The Oil and Natural Gas Stakeholder Roundtable brings together representatives from state and federal agencies, tribes, industry, and environmental NGOs to share their individual expertise, experience, and ideas. The Roundtable objectives are to: (1) improve relationships and enhance communications among oil and natural gas stakeholders; and (2) share information and explore solutions concerning regulatory challenges of broad concern. The most recent Roundtable was convened virtually on November 17-18-2020, by the State Oil and Gas Regulatory Exchange (a partnership of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and Ground Water Protection Council.) An event summary is forthcoming and a link will be provided here. The event summary from the 2019 Roundtable is available at 2019 Roundtable Event Summary.

Audit Program for oil and natural gas production facilities. In December 2019, EPA temporarily expanded its voluntary self-audit and disclosure program for upstream oil and natural gas facilities by giving existing owners the opportunity to find, correct, and self-disclose Clean Air Act violations.  EPA modified the New Owner Clean Air Act Audit Program based on stakeholder feedback and to be consistent with the Existing Owner Template.

Air Rules for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. On August 13, 2020, EPA issued two final rules that will make it simpler and less burdensome for the oil and natural gas industry to comply with the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. Combined, the two rules combined are expected to save the industry millions of dollars in compliance costs each year. The rules are:

Memorandum of Understanding between the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and EPA.  In October 2019, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) and EPA entered into the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate greater collaboration and to achieve greater success in the effort to protect human health and the environment.  The MOU objectives are to renew a joint task force to continue long-term improvement in communication between the states and EPA.

Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development. The U.S. EPA is working with states and other key stakeholders to help ensure that the economic prosperity from unconventional oil and natural gas extraction does not come at the expense of public health and the environment. More information.

Energy and the Environment. Access EPA's Clean Energy Programs, Power Profiler and other energy resources. More information.

EPA Smart Sectors – Sector Snapshots. The sector snapshots are a new, interactive tool that provide environmental and economic information about industries participating in EPA’s Smart Sectors program. The sector snapshots employ a novel approach by assembling a range of environmental and economic data from different publicly-available sources to provide an integrated, easy–to–understand overview for each sector over the last 20 years.  Please visit the Oil and Gas Snapshot.

 


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