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IOGCC Renews MOU with U.S. EPA

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EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Governor Doug Burgum, Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, sign a Memorandum of Understanding with support from North Dakota Senators Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven.

BISMARCK (October 8, 2019) - North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. The MOU renews a longstanding task force, which is made up of IOGCC and EPA representatives, regarding communication and cooperation related to environmental regulation of oil and natural gas exploration and production activities.

Together, IOGCC and EPA leadership will continue to promote protection of human health and the environment, while recognizing each other’s missions, responsibilities and authorities, increasing efficiencies and facilitating the exchange of information and expertise.

Governor Burgum expressed his gratitude to EPA and Administrator Wheeler “…for signing the MOU renewing the EPA’s commitment to this longstanding partnership between the states and federal government.” He added, “[n]o one cares more about a state’s land, water and air than the people who live there, and by working with the EPA we can ensure we’re utilizing the best practices and policies to protect human health and our natural resources for current and future generations.”

Click here to read the MOU. This MOU will remain in effect for three years or until modified by mutual written consent.