Environmental Regulations Growing Concern in Oilpatch

By Fears, Rhonda | THE JOURNAL RECORD, September 19, 1990 | Go to article overview

Environmental Regulations Growing Concern in Oilpatch


Fears, Rhonda, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Journal Record Staff Reporter The odds of stricter federal environmental regulations in the oilpatch are greater than ever, but states need to consolidate regulatory efforts and the industry should respond early, oil and gas executives were told Tuesday.

Environmental issues took center stage Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Oklahoma-Kansas Mid-Continent Oil & Gas Association in Oklahoma City. Scheduled highlights today will be Arkoma Basin development and natural gas deliverability.

Last year, there were 37 years of prison terms handed down by the Environmental Protection Agency for violations in the oilpatch plus $11 million in fines imposed, said Jim Collins, conservation engineer for Arco Oil & Gas Co. of Dallas.

Comparatively, in 1984, fines totaled $200,000 and two years of prison time was imposed by EPA.

"Five years ago it really wasn't that hot of a topic," said Collins, who is also chairman of the American Petroleum Institute committee on environmental conservation.

"It's getting the attention of our corporate management, and they see this trend increasing."

Hence, the industry has to develop ways to address environmental concerns.

"The industry itself is losing the trust of the regulatory groups with the way we handle our waste," said Tom Baker, environmental engineer with Arco.

"Proper waste management itself is good business. If we are managing our waste in a strategic manner, we are doing good business for the industry."

Baker detailed a strategy for developing a waste management plan designed for a specific area to respond to the myriad of state agencies and federal regulators that are increasing in numbers. He suggested that compliance above and beyond regulations be targeted, if for no other reason than to mitigate corporate liability.

"The EPA study of production waste exemptions found that one of the problems with E&P (exploration and production) waste was lack of enforcement," said Collins.

"So you can be sure that over the next few years, as EPA has an effect on state programs, which is going to happen, there will be higher levels of enforcement.

Oklahoma, along with other states, already has been asked by EPA to designate one agency to regulate discharges into water, said Brita Haugland-Cantrell, an assistant Oklahoma attorney general.

Currently, there are seven agencies in Oklahoma that have been given some type of statutory authority to regulate discharges into water, she said. And, the state Pollution Control Coordinating Board does not have the clear directive to assign jurisdiction to one agency, she added. The heads of the seven agencies in question and three citizen members make up the coordinating board.

"There are so many individual interests represented in that one group (Pollution Control Coordinating Board), that it's amazing that it does the job it does," Haugland-Cantrell said. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Environmental Regulations Growing Concern in Oilpatch
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.