What is the State Review Process?

The state review process is a collaborative process by which review teams composed of stakeholders from the oil and gas industry, state environmental regulatory programs, and members of the environmental/public interest communities review state oil and gas waste management programs against a set of Guidelines developed and agreed to by all the participating parties. Learn More »

Current STRONGER Activities

STRONGER Adopts Guidelines for Reused and Recycled Fluids

In light of the lack of adequate disposal well capacity in some states and continuing drought conditions in other states, the STRONGER Board created at workgroup in February 2014 to develop guidelines for the reuse and recycling of drilling fluids. In August 2015, the STRONGER Board voted to adopt the Reused and Recycled Fluids section into the complete STRONGER Guidelines. This new Guidelines section will be incorporated into the 2015 edition of the STRONGER Guidelines. More details...

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STRONGER Completes Hydraulic Fracturing Review in Alaska

A STRONGER multi-stakeholder review team consisting of Tim Baker (Oklahoma Corporation Commission) representing state government, Lois Epstein (The Wilderness Society) representing environment/NGO, and Justin Furnace (Hilcorp) representing industry has completed a review of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission' regulations as they pertain to hydraulic fracturing. The review team met with Bureau staff on July 30, 2015. Also participating were observers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Land Management. The review team will develop a report containing their findings and recommendations for AOGCC. The target date for publication of the review report is December 9, 2015.  


STRONGER Completes Pilot Air Quality Review in Pennsylvania

A STRONGER multi-stakeholder review team consisting of Kent Kuster (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) representing state government, Matt Walker (Clean Air Council) representing environment/NGO, and Darren Smith (Devon Energy) representing industry has completed a review of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Air Quality's regulations as they pertain to oil and gas development. The review team met with Bureau staff on July 16, 2015. Also participating were observers from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. The review team will develop a report containing their findings and recommendations for the Bureau. The target date for publication of the review report is December 3, 2015. This review was the first under STRONGER's Air Guidelines, and the sixth STRONGER review for Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth is to be commended for its commitment to continuous regulatory improvement and the State Review program.

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