Tue 11 Mar, 2003 01:54 pm
EPA has put off a deadline set in 1999 for obtaining permits for storm water pollution at oil and gas (this being part of a process started in 1987). The Clinton ruling expanded previous laws so that "anyone altering one to five acres of land get a permit from state or federal authorities" for " protection against sediments, oil, pesticides and fertilizers carried by storm water into lakes and rivers"
These permits have been post-poned 2 years by the EPA under the Bush administration, primarily for oil and gas companies, so that the companies that are or may be polluting and damaging their local environments will not have to comply. The EPA says it needs more data.
Article, Boston Globe
For what it's worth, the major, integrated oil companies seem to be in good compliance with existing regulations. I'm not so sure about the smaller, local production companies. Tighter regulations may be needed, or not, but compliance (again, among the majors) is good. This is personal opinion, of course, but based on comments from supervisors in the oil and gas servicing industry.
That seems to be the target of this article - the smaller companies.