Federal and state agencies regulate all well construction activities, including hydraulic fracture stimulation. Those agencies review and approve various aspects of oil and natural gas operations – including well design, integrity tests, water use, waste management and disposal, air emissions, surface impacts, health, safety, location, spacing and other facets of our operations. When testing cement integrity, QEP utilizes cement evaluation logs using primarily acoustic measurements and submits them to state and federal agencies, as required, across all its plays.
QEP has an HSE Management System standard for the identification and management of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORMs). Procedures for identification and management of NORMs are included in our Waste Management plans and we comply with all state and federal regulations.
State regulations of oil and gas activities are particularly important because they have been carefully designed to address unique factors and regional differences in local geology, hydrology and ecology.
- Organizations like the State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environment Regulations (STRONGER) help assess the overall framework of environmental regulations of oil and natural gas operations in any given state.
- States also exchange information on regulatory experiences and practices through regular meetings of interstate organizations such as the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) and the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC).
To help protect environmental health and safety during oil and gas operations, we must also comply with certain federal statutes and their supporting regulations, including: the Clean Water Act (CWA); Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA); Clean Air Act (CAA); Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPRCA); Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Occupational Health and Safety Act; BLM Onshore Orders II & IV; New Source Performance Standards (NSPS); National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP); Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program; and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).