June 2014, Vol. 241, No. 6

Features

Breaking Down Quad-O Regulations, Compliance Needs

Just as onshore production methods change and evolve over time, so too do environmental regulations. On Aug. 16, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published final regulatory updates specific to onshore oil and natural gas production that span from well completion to transmission. Deciphering and gaining a better understanding of these regulations will remove costly compliance pitfalls during normal operations. Quad-O, short for Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 40, Part 60, Subpart OOOO, is the current buzz word around onshore production. After being sued in January of 2009 for failure to review existing regulations, the EPA was required by consent decree to review

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