The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) and the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) announced today the two state-based organizations have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets the stage for future, joint projects. The IOGCC represents the governors of the 38 oil and gas producing states; the GWPC consists of states’ ground water regulatory agencies. Both organizations have environmental protection and conservation at the heart of their mission.
In the MOU, the organizations recognize “…the benefit to the public of a collaborative effort by jointly and cooperatively pursuing and conducting projects that utilize both the unique and common strengths and assets of both organizations.”
Both organizations maintain their national headquarters in Oklahoma City. Final approval of the MOU was announced at the GWPC’s Annual Forum concluding today in Pittsburg, PA. In a separate action, the GWPC board of directors passed unanimously a resolution calling for complete disclosure of chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing process common in the completion of shale gas wells.
For the past 75 years, the IOGCC, a multi-state government agency whose mission is to promote the conservation and efficient recovery of the nation’s domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment, has grown to be the largest, and oldest state compact in the nation today.
Posted on Wed, September 29, 2010
by Tiffany Batdorf