Urging the Congress of the United States to Establish a Process for Delegating Primacy to the States for the Regulation of Oil and Gas Operations on Federal Public Lands
WHEREAS, the member states of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission have endorsed and support the States First Initiative established by IOGCC in 2013,
WHEREAS, States have historically demonstrated the ability to efficiently and effectively regulate oil and gas operations within their respective borders,
WHEREAS, State regulatory processes have proven successful in ensuring responsible, economic, and environmentally protective development of oil and gas resources,
WHEREAS, State oil and gas regulatory agencies have the local and regional knowledge and experience to make scientifically sound decisions to promote economic recovery of oil and gas while protecting the environment,
WHEREAS, examples of effective federal primacy delegation from federal government to the states exist both in the U.S. Department of Interior and other federal organizations, WHEREAS, established examples of federal primacy delegation allow the opportunity for each state to elect whether to obtain such primacy delegation from the overseeing federal authority, and
WHEREAS, delegation of primacy to the states for regulation of oil and gas operations would allow the BLM to devote its administrative resources to other necessary resource management functions such as mineral leasing and associated analysis,
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the IOGCC urges Congress to establish by legislative action the appropriate mechanism to allow federal primacy delegation to the States for the regulation of oil and gas operations on federal public land within each of the states.
Acknowledging the Accomplishments of the State Review Committee and Creating States First Initiative Forum
WHEREAS, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC)is dedicated to assuring strong state regulation of all aspects of domestic oil and gas production including environmental impacts, and documenting the efforts of the states in administering comprehensive programs, and;
WHEREAS, the IOGCC has been involved with a state review process since 1989, and in 1991 established a State Review Program with the creation of a Standing Committee - the State Review Committee, and;
WHEREAS, the IOGCC working cooperatively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency implemented a successful State Review Program, and acknowledged, through the IOGCC State Review Committee, the establishment, in 1999 of an independent entity entitled State Review of Oil and Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER), and;
WHEREAS, STRONGER, in coordination with the IOGCC State Review Committee, has completed reviews of 22 state oil and gas regulatory programs, representing 94 percent of the U.S. oil and gas production, and;
WHEREAS, given the extent of the reviews completed during the last 24 years, the IOGCC State Review Committee, has successfully completed its assigned tasks, and;
WHEREAS, STRONGER, as an independent entity, continues to administer a state review program and develop programmatic guidelines, and;
WHEREAS, the IOGCC, being committed to further enhance and continue to document the States’ extraordinary and rapid regulatory improvements with respect to the regulation of all aspects of domestic oil and gas production over the last five years, has created the States First Initiative, a joint effort with the Groundwater Protection Council, and;
WHEREAS, the projects and programs of the States First Initiative need a formal venue to present the ongoing efforts documenting the States’ continuing regulatory improvements at IOGCC meetings,
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the IOGCC State Review Committee be commended for the successful completion of the Committee’s assigned tasks with respect to the state review process and be re-tasked as the new venue for the States First Initiative. Additionally, the task of appointing state participants to the STRONGER Board, and approving and adopting STRONGER Guidelines, formerly a function of the State Review Committee, be terminated and recognized as independent functions of STRONGER under that entity’s existing by-laws.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission at the Business Meeting held on May 20, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah, that the State Review Committee be re-tasked and established as the States First Initiative Forum.