Association Releases New Environmental Handbook

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OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- Ignorance of environmental regulations can mean big fines and penalties for oil and gas operators, according to Michael H. Bernard, president of the Oklahoma Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.

In an effort to increase the awareness of the continual changes in regulations that impact the oil and gas industry the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association has revised and updated the first edition of the Environmental Handbook.

In cooperation with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, a committee of industry and agency personnel worked for several months to improve the handbook so that topics reflect the current status of the regulations. In addition, several new sections were included that will expand the coverage and increase the effectiveness of the handbook.

The revised handbook contains both federal and state regulations and is meant to be a quick-reference environmental guide for oil and gas field operations. The original handbook was well received by the oil and gas industry in 1994, with more than 6,000 copies distributed to oil and gas operators.

In addition, Bernard said the 82-page handbook is convincing evidence that the petroleum industry has reached a level where it is saturated by an increasing burden of excessive environmental law, rules and regulations, that have added substantial costs and greatly increased legal liabilities. …