Panel Seeks Flexible Environmental Rules
Fears, Ronda, THE JOURNAL RECORD
The federal government has been urged to eliminate its single-media approach to environmental regulation for a more practical, flexible one in a resolution adopted by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
Citing difficulties in managing the environment in a single-media fashion _ which was described by the group as one that focuses on water, air and land issues separately without coordination among agencies _ the compact took action at its midyear meeting in Tulsa last week.
The compact is a group of 29 oil and gas producing states, each state represented by its governor or other state government official. It was founded in Oklahoma in 1935 with the primary mission of conserving the nation's oil and gas resources.
"Such efforts (a single-media approach) at environmental regulation have been promulgated without having a sound scientific basis or cost benefit, which is commensurate with the attendant risks to public health and the environment, thereby imposing unnecessary economic burdens on the resources of the states and their citizens," the resolution read.
The resolution is directed to Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Through a project funded in part by a grant from EPA, the compact has developed an approach it believes would improve regulation of federal environmental safeguards by state government. In a news release, the compact said that its program has demonstrated flexibility and practicality by using cross-media, scientific-based standards. …