VOGA Comments on STRONGER Review of Virginia Gas and Oil Regulations
Abingdon, VA (August 8, 2016) – The current STRONGER review of Virginia’s gas and oil regulations ongoing in Virginia this week adds another set of eyes to regulations which govern the extraction, production and transportation of natural gas in the state. Despite what industry opponents have said publicly, this review is not an industry-funded review, but rather one the state requested in response to requests it received from the environmental community asking for additional review of the state’s existing regulations.
While industry personnel were invited to participate in the review, environmental stakeholders and state regulators from outside Virginia were also invited and will be represented on STRONGER’s official review team.
The STRONGER review will be conducted independent of the years-long review of state regulations which has been ongoing since 2014. In fact, that review and the recommended regulatory actions now being considered remain on track.
STRONGER, which stands for State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations, is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder educational organization with a purpose of assisting states in documenting environmental regulations associated with the production of natural gas and oil. Its partners include environmental groups as well as industry groups, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy. Read More
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