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 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.



STRONGER Prepares for Pennsylvania, Alaska Reviews

STRONGER will conduct two State Reviews in July. Pennsylvania will participate in the first review under the Air Guidelines on July 16, and Alaska will particpate in its first Hydraulic Fracuting Review on July 30. Interested observers should contact rsteadley.stronger@gmail.com for more information.



STRONGER Adopts State Air Quality Program Guidelines

In October 2013 the STRONGER Board established an Air Workgroup to develop guidelines for state air quality programs related to oil and gas exploration and production. The workgroup included representatives of state and federal air and oil and gas programs, the oil and gas industry, and environmental organizations. The Workgroup submitted draft guidelines to the STRONGER Board in January 2014, along with a request that the draft be distributed for comments before being finalized. At its January 20, 2014 meeting, the Board approved the workgroup recommendation and established a comment period to end on March 31, 2014, which was subsequently extended to April 30, 2014. On July 1, 2014 the STRONGER Board approved the final guidelines and the glossary of terms. 

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